Thimphu was established as the capital of Bhutan in 1952. At that time it was hardly more then a fortress surrounded by some huts.
Thimphu town is going through an unprecedented construction boom. By royal decree, all buildings in Bhutan must keep the traditional style and this helps to give a distinctive character to the new urban centers.
The traffic policemen, standing on wooden pedestals, direct the traffic with highly elegant gestures.
The population is almost 100.000. Some families are still engaged in agriculture activities and most of them sell their goods in the weekend market. Although it is a historical place for the Bhutanese, by international standard, Thimphu´s emergence as a capital city is fairly recent and the cost of living is quite high compared to similar size cities in South Asia.
The Tashichoe Dzong (13th century fortress) must not be missed. Also worth seeing are the Changangkha Lhakhang (a fortresslike temple from the 12th century), the National Memorial Choten, the National Institute for Zoring Chusum (Bhutan´s traditional art), the National Library, the Folk Heritage Museum, the National Textile Museum and the Motithang Takin Preserve.
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