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. Make National Library and Archives of Bhutan part of your personalized Thimphu itinerary using our Thimphu trip itinerary planner.
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  • I guess this is worth a visit if you are in town and doing a few of the museums and sight-seeing areas around. they do have an excellent collection of scribe rolls and books, really really old pieces ...  more »
  • For a traveller who loves to scan through book stores and look for histories of the place visited on Culture, Tradition and Faith... Bhutan's National Library based in Thimphu the Capital is one ideal...  more »
  • You get to see one of the biggest books in the world. Photos are allowed. But please stay quiet as it's an active library and there are people using the library to read/research. There are two floors ...  more »
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  • Not so good enough. Collection of books is not in large numbers. Surrounding atmosphere and scenic view is however lovely.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Good library and you can see archives of Bhutan here. One can also witness a man making masks and phallus outside the building.

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