Spotlight on the District Series – Bumthang Dzongkhag

This week, we bring you…Bumthang Dzongkhag, known as Bhutan’s spiritual heartland!

Photo Credit: Sabrina Soares
Photo Credit: Sabrina Soares

This dzongkhag stretches across four valleys – the Chokhor, Tang, Ura, and Chhume. The Chokhor valley is the biggest with several dzongs and the most important temples; it is simply known as Bumthang Valley. Kurje Lhakkhang, Jambay Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang are just a few of the temples and monasteries in this dzongkhag..

“…It is one thing to see Bhutan in pictures or read about it; however, it is a whole other thing to experience it in person – to look like an ant against the sides of majestic mountains, to feel the vibrations of Buddhist chants run through your body, to taste the air of incense in monasteries…Thus, I’m so happy to experience what I will be talking about for years to come.” – Sabrina Soares, Chumey MSS

The place to visit in Bumthang dzongkhag is Jakar which is also the main town and major trading centre of the region. The town was originally constructed as a monastery in 1549 and is currently used as the administrative centre of the region. Bumthang is also home to several important festivals like the Jampey Lhakhang Drup occurring in October and, just one week later, Bumthang Tsechu which features mask dancing.

Bumthang is also known for a unique textile which is created there: yathra. Yathra is hand-spun, hand-woven strips of wool. The geometric designed strips are used as blankets or bed covers when joined together.

Photo Credit: John Berthold
Photo Credit: John Berthold

Our alumni teachers who taught in this dzongkhag include Sabrina Soares and Martin Thorn. Currently, Andrea Chisholm resides there with her family, teaching at Chumey MSS and Wanglidcholing LSS. To learn more about their experiences check out Sabrina Soares’ blog, Martin Thorn’s blog and Andrea Chisholm’s blog!

Interested in teaching in Bhutan?  Make sure to also check out  TeachInBhutan to apply today!

Spotlight on the District Series – Bumthang Dzongkhag

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