National Library and Archives of Bhutan, Thimphu

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Tour literary heritage at National Library and Archives of Bhutan, a collection of rare books and photographs. Set in a traditionally designed four-story temple with a small ornate shrine on every floor, the library preserves xylographic blocks, manuscripts, and microfilms important to Bhutanese heritage. Established in 1967, the library also houses the largest certified published book in the world, at 1.52 m (5 ft) high and 2.13 m (7 ft) wide, weighing 60.32 kg (133 lb). Photos of the royal family are hung from the walls, and you can buy souvenirs in the bookshop. See National Library and Archives of Bhutan and all Thimphu has to offer by arranging your trip with our Thimphu trip builder.
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  • July 19, 2017
    Its secluded location in Thimphu provides good place for Bhutanese literary (both modern and classic) lovers. They have amazing collection of books.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    While you may not be in the mood for research, take in the National Library for its fine collection of photos of recent and old Bhutan's royal family. This collection is excellent and interesting, and...  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    The building is very beautiful, but nothing more. Fails in my opinion great tourist see some books that you can't look at them inside.
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  • July 7, 2017
    Not so good enough. Collection of books is not in large numbers. Surrounding atmosphere and scenic view is however lovely.
  • June 13, 2017
    A collection of old Archive. The most interesting about it is they have the largest book which was recorded in the Genius Book of World Record.
  • April 13, 2017
    typical bhutanese building, with wooden floors inside; can see the world's largest book on the ground floor; otherwise just casually roam around, with nothing particular, but see some pictures of Dzongs of Bhutan
  • June 18, 2017
    It has the richest collection of books on Buddhism, history and culture of Bhutan.
  • December 21, 2016
    The heart of word and wisdom. But people don't visit it as expected. Have to find out why, and must work on how to make it popular among people.

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