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Bhutan- land of the THUNDER DRAGON. 
To know about Bhutanese culture. 
To understand how Bhutan maintains its UNIQUE cultu...
Describe Bhutan’s location (3) 
Bhutan is a landlocked/ coastal country that 
lies between the countries 
----- and -----....
Bhutan became a nation in 1949 when 
it was granted independence from 
neighbouring INDIA. 
Population= 716, 896 
Life exp...
Bhutan became a country in this year . 
When it became independent from . 
Its capital city is called . 
The country has a...
Bhutan became a country in this year . 
When it became independent from . 
Its capital city is called . 
The country has a...
Bhutan became a country in this year . 
When it became independent from . 
Its capital city is called . 
The country has a...
Describe the DISTRIBUTION of the 
world’s happiest countries. 
Bhutan is one of the world’s happiest countries according t...
The culture of Bhutan- UNIQUE!
TASK- stick this in the centre of a double page of your book- annotate around it aspects 
of Bhutanese culture.
Eating in Bhutan 
• Food is usually eaten with hands. 
• Family members eat while sitting cross legged on the wooden floor...
Bhutanese dress 
Women 
Woven keyras illustrate the vibrant 
and sophisticated designs found in 
Bhutanese textiles. 
The ...
The Bhutanese 
environment 
Torsa Strict Nature Reserve- pristine (untouched) place 
- no humans live there. 
Bhutan has 5...
The national flower is the Blue 
Poppy (Meconopsis Grandis). 
The national tree is the cypress 
(Cupressustorolusa). 
It i...
Religion in Bhutan 
• Many Bhutanese are 
Buddhists but there is 
freedom of religion in the 
kingdom- so people are free ...
Painting natural landscapes and 
important figures is a key part of 
Bhutanese culture. They are used to 
decorate the tem...
Bhutan has unique architecture- all 
buildings are made out of traditional 
stone. 
The buildings are beautiful they inclu...
‘Tigers nest’ monastery, a 
very popular site for tourists 
in spite of the location and 
the difficult climb to reach it....
• Bhutan is a kingdom. 
• But the country is 
free- it is a 
democracy. 
• The king bought 
democracy to the 
nation to tr...
How does Bhutan maintain its UNIQUE culture? 
1) It is isolated 
• What does that mean? 
• It is high in the Himalayas. 
•...
How does Bhutan maintain its UNIQUE culture? 
2)The government limits tourist visitors 
Tourists have to pay a royalty pay...
How does Bhutan maintain its UNIQUE culture? 
3) TV and internet are recent 
additions to Bhutan- banned till 1999. 
Now a...
Task 
• Explain in your own words how Bhutan maintains 
its unique culture. 
• Use the hand-out to help you.
Bhutan- striving for happiness. 
• Unlike many other governments who worry about GDP 
figures (money per person) in Bhutan...
• Bhutan is aiming to become the first country 
to go completely ORGANIC. 
https://ww 
w.finedining 
lovers.com/ 
blog/new...
Task! 
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- 
gR3YmZRoug 
• Complete a wordle to show why Bhutan is 
happy!
• http://www.oneworldeducation.org/bhutan-worlds-happiest-country 
summary of Bhutan life 
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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  1. 1. Bhutan- land of the THUNDER DRAGON. To know about Bhutanese culture. To understand how Bhutan maintains its UNIQUE culture. Describe Bhutan in 10 adjectives
  2. 2. Describe Bhutan’s location (3) Bhutan is a landlocked/ coastal country that lies between the countries ----- and -----. It lies to the ----- of the Brahmaputra river and the -------.
  3. 3. Bhutan became a nation in 1949 when it was granted independence from neighbouring INDIA. Population= 716, 896 Life expectancy- 66.8 years Capital city= Thimphu Main language- Dzongkha Religion- 80% Buddhist, 20% Hindu. TASK-Working with your neighbour you have 1 minute to remember the following information! The countries nickname is ‘land of the thunder dragon’ because of the frequent storms.
  4. 4. Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the . Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the . Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the . Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the . COMPLETE YOUR COPY AND STICK IT IN YOUR BOOK.
  5. 5. Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the . Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the . Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the . Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the .
  6. 6. Bhutan became a country in this year . When it became independent from . Its capital city is called . The country has a population of . People on average live to be years. The main language is . 80% of Bhutanese people are . The countries nickname is land of the .
  7. 7. Describe the DISTRIBUTION of the world’s happiest countries. Bhutan is one of the world’s happiest countries according to the Happy Planet Index (HPI). This looks at the countries ability to sustain itself into the future.
  8. 8. The culture of Bhutan- UNIQUE!
  9. 9. TASK- stick this in the centre of a double page of your book- annotate around it aspects of Bhutanese culture.
  10. 10. Eating in Bhutan • Food is usually eaten with hands. • Family members eat while sitting cross legged on the wooden floor with food first being served to the head of the household first. • Usually women (mother) serve food and in most cases. • A short prayer is offered and a small morsel placed on the floor as an offering to the local spirits and deities before eating. • A typical Bhutanese meal consists of rice, a dish of Ema Datshi, the country’s favourite dish of chili and cheese, pork, beef curry or lentils.
  11. 11. Bhutanese dress Women Woven keyras illustrate the vibrant and sophisticated designs found in Bhutanese textiles. The keyra is worn around the waist by women to secure the kira which is an ankle-length traditional dress. Designs are unique to families and areas. Men The gho is a long robe hoisted to the knee and held in place with a kera, a woven cloth belt, wound tightly around the waist. This forms a large pouch above that may be used to contain particular items, traditionally a bowl and betel nut. The Bhutanese dress is only found in Bhutan and neighbouring tibet.
  12. 12. The Bhutanese environment Torsa Strict Nature Reserve- pristine (untouched) place - no humans live there. Bhutan has 5 national parks and 5 wildlife sanctuaries. Sakteng wildlife sanctuary. Home to snow leopards, red pandas and nomadic humans. No development here. Jigme Dorji National Park Beautiful scenery here- lakes and mountains. Habitat of the snow leopard and Bengal tiger. The environment is well protected in Bhutan- most of the country’s landscape is protected.
  13. 13. The national flower is the Blue Poppy (Meconopsis Grandis). The national tree is the cypress (Cupressustorolusa). It is a delicate blue or purple tinged blossom with a white filament. It grows to a height of 1m, and is found above the tree line (3500-4500 meters) on rocky mountain terrain. Cypresses are abundant there are often large ones near temples and monasteries. It is found in the temperate climate zone, between 1800 and 3500 meters. Its capacity to survive on rugged harsh terrain is compared to bravery and simplicity. It’s associated with religious history and mythology. It’s a rare mammal with a thick neck and short legs. It lives in groups and is found above 4000m in the northern parts of the country. They feed on bamboo. The The national animal is the Takin adult Takin can weigh over 200 kgs (Burdorcastaxicolor)
  14. 14. Religion in Bhutan • Many Bhutanese are Buddhists but there is freedom of religion in the kingdom- so people are free to practice whatever religion they like. • Many Bhutanese practice animism, worshipping deities and spirits.
  15. 15. Painting natural landscapes and important figures is a key part of Bhutanese culture. They are used to decorate the temples and monasteries and for festivals. These amazing boots are custom made by men, for royal occasions and religious festivals. There are many different designs all unique. Dance in full costume is very important in Bhutan especially during mourning periods and birth rituals Bhutan’s national sport is Archery. It is one of the only sport’s Bhutan enters a team for at the Olympics. Archery is played at all national events and religious festivals.
  16. 16. Bhutan has unique architecture- all buildings are made out of traditional stone. The buildings are beautiful they include Dzongs (fortresses) which are to protect important points like mountain passes and river confluences. They are used to house local government now. Tashichhoe Dzong in the capital Thimphu. Chortens or prayer walls are very common in Bhutan, they represent Buddha's mind and are built in dangerous places to ward off evil spirits. You will find them at crossroads, mountain passes and bridges.
  17. 17. ‘Tigers nest’ monastery, a very popular site for tourists in spite of the location and the difficult climb to reach it. Known as Gonpas locally, these house the Buddhist monks. Lakhhangs- temples- usually small buildings. Each has someone in control of a religious nature. There are usually many small ones with in Dzonga or monastery.
  18. 18. • Bhutan is a kingdom. • But the country is free- it is a democracy. • The king bought democracy to the nation to try and make the country fairer. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
  19. 19. How does Bhutan maintain its UNIQUE culture? 1) It is isolated • What does that mean? • It is high in the Himalayas. • Hard to get too • Few people visit or cross the border.
  20. 20. How does Bhutan maintain its UNIQUE culture? 2)The government limits tourist visitors Tourists have to pay a royalty payment to enter the country- it goes towards school fees, healthcare and infrastructure. All tours have to be booked through Bhutanese companies to keep the money all in the country. There is only one airline (Drukair) operating flights in and out of Bhutan.
  21. 21. How does Bhutan maintain its UNIQUE culture? 3) TV and internet are recent additions to Bhutan- banned till 1999. Now allowed and widely used. Less Bhutanese have been exposed to ‘western’ TV shows and ‘other ways of life’ shown on TV shows. But TV is limited- broadcast only in evenings (repeated following morning). Most is in the national language Dzongkha but a few hours in English and Nepali (for Nepali’s in Bhutan). There is only one broadcast station in Bhutan, but some have satellite access to foreign TV.
  22. 22. Task • Explain in your own words how Bhutan maintains its unique culture. • Use the hand-out to help you.
  23. 23. Bhutan- striving for happiness. • Unlike many other governments who worry about GDP figures (money per person) in Bhutan they worry about HPI (happiness levels). • They are more concerned with being sustainable, helping their environment flourish by protecting it from people. • In Bhutan- tourist money goes to only Bhutanese tour companies. • All tourists pay a ‘royal’ charge which goes into health and education spending to keep it free. • 80% of the country is protected by law from destruction. • The king and queen frequently plant trees and encourage all Bhutanese to do the same. • There are strict limits on people entering the country. • There is only one airport and all flights are operated by Drukair (Bhutanese airline). • All architecture must follow traditional design, including new buildings. • All people must wear traditional dress to religious and state occasions. • The king has made Bhutan into a democracy so the people can vote for people to represent them. SUSTAINABLE-maintaining something in its natural state for as long as possible, ideally forever. Task Choose 2/3 of the statements in red and explain why each makes Bhutan more SUSTAINABLE.
  24. 24. • Bhutan is aiming to become the first country to go completely ORGANIC. https://ww w.finedining lovers.com/ blog/news-trends/ can-a- country-be- 100- organic/
  25. 25. Task! • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- gR3YmZRoug • Complete a wordle to show why Bhutan is happy!
  26. 26. • http://www.oneworldeducation.org/bhutan-worlds-happiest-country summary of Bhutan life • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iyhIb5YzjU how to travel to Bhutan • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uphDHRfO5w Bhutan a kingdom of happiness? • http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/bhutans-human-rights-record-defies- happiness-claim/ the dark side of Bhutan • http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201407020042 going green in Bhutan • http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/life/article_80cd8286-edbc- 11e3-b4c6-0017a43b2370.html • http://www.abc.net.au/site-archive/ rural/news/content/201303/s3713451.htm

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