Ema Datshi, the national dish of Bhutan

Bhutanese Food History

The traditional Bhutanese food holds a variety of unique flavors and ingredients. Since the country is still somewhat isolated from the outside world, its cuisine has evolved from its neighbors. Unlike the more mainstream countries in Asia like Japan and China, food is eaten with your hands while sitting cross legged on the floor. However, as…

Tourists raft through the river near a Bhutanese temple

Sports in Bhutan

Although Bhutan was kept in isolation from the outside world for many years it still has quite a few sports, some unique to Bhutan and some they have adopted as they’ve gotten more exposure to the rest of the world.     The official sport of Bhutan is archery. The impact archery has on Bhutan can be seen…

Children in Bhutan playing and having fun

Bhutanese Culture

Bhutan is tucked inside the Himalayan mountain range of southeast Asia, where the mountain range provides physical isolation from the surrounding countries. Isolation is a big theme for Bhutan, which manifests itself not only geographically but also culturally. Bhutanese culture places a high value on cultural preservation and didn’t even let foreign visitors enter the country…

Colorful Bhutan festival with dragon masks

Festivals in Bhutan

Bhutan is well known for its focus on happiness, so much so that it has implemented gross national happiness which is an index used to show the collective happiness of the country. Because of Bhutan’s focus on happiness, it is no surprise that the people of Bhutan know how to throw a festival. There is at least…