Bhutan Local Customs

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Bhutan Local Customs

  • Uniqueness!

    Special architecture of the Monasteries around the Country (Bhutan) give the Country an unique style and fame. Bhutan is successful in preserving the Teaching and the power of Buddhism.

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  • The betel habit

    Betel is a commonly-consumed (well, chewed) nut in Bhutan, as with a good portion of SE Asia. It is a hard nut containing a mild narcotic that is chewed with a pepper leaf (or other, depending on the region) and some lime (calcium carbonate, not the fruit). to help extract the chemicals from the nut. It gives a mild feeling to the mouth and can...

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  • Savor the Flavors

    Bhutan has a cuisine that is distinct for the country. If you are to enjoy Bhutan, trying the local flavors are, in my opinion, a must. Two things that Bhutanese have with nearly every meal is cheese and chiles. The "national dish" is known as ema datshi, a concoction of a melting cheese and dried chiles, and is found at virtually every meal you'll...

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  • Dry meat

    It is a local custom to but beef to dry hanging on a line outside the house. Later I ate dryed meat and found very tasty.

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  • National outfit

    It is mandatory,but only for bhutanese, to wear their national clothes to enter the temples and dzongs. It is a very elegant outfit.

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  • Chewing betelee

    It is a national custom to chew betelee leave with a pice of betelee nut and some spices. They do it all day long. I tried some ... different:)

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  • Local architecture

    In Bhutan, houses generally have 3 floors, and the last floor under the roof have no walls. People use this last floor for drying vegetable, hay etc. Traditional materials for building are wood, mud and bamboo. (Bamboo is also used as scaffolding for bigger structures.) The cattle and some other animals live in ground floor. Second floor is like a...

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  • Tea

    I didn’t see how they made it but tea of Bhutan is similar to Turkish tea. As a tea addict, I prefer coffee in my travels, especially in Europe, because I couldn’t find tea as I like in my trips. But I drank and enjoyed the tea in Bhutan. If they learned to prepare it from Englishmen, then I can visit England without any concerns.Tea was always...

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  • Betel nut

    I didn’t notice this one at first. Then our guide told us and I started to see them everywhere. There were lots of person chewing something and their mouths (teeth, lips, tongue) were all red. It is some kind of drug, I think. Our guide told us that it helped the altitude problems. But I’m not sure how people living in high altitudes have altitude...

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  • Divine Madman

    This man is the reason of the "weird" decorations of houses in Bhutan.Divine Madman was Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529) and he was a wise and religious man. But he was a little bit crazy and one day he came out in public all nude –except a ribbon on his organ- and preached about something. Since he was a very wise man, people decided to decorate their...

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  • Archery

    We saw people doing this sport but we were on the bus and couldn’t watch the games.Archery is the national sport of Bhutan. Their bows and arrows are traditional, and their rules, too. They shoot 30x100cm targets from 120 meters distance. Each village has its archery range. According to an official information page, annual archery tournaments are...

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  • Eat some “ema datshi”

    We had an amazing guide in this trip. She is great in relations and has many intimate friends in the countries we visited. In Bhutan, our local guides knew that she loves hemadatsi (or ema datshi, or emadatse) and in every meal, it was prepared and served especially for her. And we all tasted this delicacy. It is chilies in aged yak cheese sauce....

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  • Facts of Bhutan

    Capital: ThimpuGovernment: Constitutional MonarchyKing: Jigme Khesar Namgyel WangchuckLanguage: Dzongkha (means "the language spoken in Dzongs")Population: Around 750.000Gross national income: $1200Currency: Ngultrum ($1 ¡s 45 Ngultrum)Area: 47.000 km2Religion: BuddhismNew King officially crowned in 6 November 2008, right after our visit to Bhutan....

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  • Chilies

    The most important ingredient of “ema datshi” is pepper and Bhutanese people use it as both vegetable and spice. You can see roofs covered with pepper in autumn. When they dry under the sun, they will turn into chili. You can see many types of chili, if you visit a market. It is really important in Bhutanese cuisine. You can buy some here. I bought...

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  • Shiny happy people

    You are in a country which measures gross national happiness. Please, don’t wander around with long faces and blue mood here. You know the population, one person matters. Smile in Bhutan and raise the value of gross national happiness. You'll see the best smiles of the whole world here. You can even bring some home.Do you think I’m joking? If yes,...

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  • Decorative religious paintings on...

    No, it is no cheap porn graffitti! It is a housewall decoration you can find everywhere in Bhutan - it is part of the religious belief! A Bhutanese explained it to me like this (if I got him right - I have to read some about it):One scholar of Buddha went into a little different direction, emphasizing that through sex you find the enlightment! So...

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  • Festivals

    Bhutan is a Buddhist country. If possible try to attend a religious festivals (Tsechu) for one day. You will see Bhutan in its most beautiful colours.

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  • Turning and Turning

    In mountains, people build this kind of constructions to host a praying wheel. When the creek comes down through it, it naturally brings the wheel turning, in a clockwise way...And the lection is carried away...

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  • Turning and Turning

    Praying wheels outside a temple, turn turn turn...It's just like what they believe in the reincanation of lives...

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  • Turning and Turning

    It's their custom, it's their life, to turn around the holy places again and again, hour after hour, day after day, year after year...

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  • If you come to goverment...

    If you come to goverment office, should be surprise of thier strick rules on the board.You must wear formal dress when you visit to the office! You can't visit absolutry in sandle! then you should wear traditional choth 'KILA' for woman, 'Gou' for man usually in Bhutan. People said this is very hot in summer, even in fall, but can't brake the...

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  • Bhutanise lady wear...

    Bhutanise lady wear traditional cloth KILA. This is a piace of cloth, so it is hard to wear for foreigner.

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  • The bhutanese are quite...

    The bhutanese are quite religious people so try to learn little about how to behave in their country. This in order to avoid insulting the people and their religion. People often had some special rooms in their houses were they used to pray. It was decorated with buddha statues etc. THE PHOTO: THE MEMORIAL CHORTEN IN THIMPHU, A PLACE WERE LOTS OF...

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  • Red wash identifies this...

    Red wash identifies this structure as a holy building. One must walk about it in clockwise direction. I mistakenly went counter-clockwise to my shame and the immediate admonishment of locals.

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  • Prayer Flags inscribed with...

    Prayer Flags inscribed with Buddhist scripture flutter til they rot. But don't let them touch the ground- they should rather be burned.Buddhists plant these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficient vibrations across the countryside.

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