Ornate penises flanking doorways, hanging off rooftops, painted on the sides of homes, as signage and on window displays. From bright yellows to pastel pinks, sometimes hairy and sometimes enveloped by a dragon spitting fire, some with piercing eyes and some even ejaculating. How does this rather shocking display of male genitalia fit in with this seemingly traditional country?

Bhutan is blessed with rich culture & tradition. Majority of Bhutanese are Buddhist. The tiny kingdom has numerous ethnic tribes. Presently 24 different languages are spoken in Bhutan. ‘Dzongkha’ is the national language of Bhutan. However, both ‘Dzongkha & English’ are considered official languages.


According to one research study, Tourists who visited Bhutan ranked ‘Bhutanese architecture’ as the most authentic resources among other few resources that attribute to Bhutanese authenticity. Today traditional Bhutanese architecture remains alive in Bhutan. The Department of Urban and Housing looks after the appropriate architectural design in Bhutanese building to keep buildings authentic and unique from the outside world. All buildings are constructed with multi-coloured wood frontage, small arched windows and sloping roofs. Most of the walls of the Bhutanese house are painted with ‘phallus’.


Foreigners who travel to Bhutan seize the moment to watch Phallus mushrooming on the walls of Bhutanese buildings.  From the religious perspective, Bhutanese believes that the painting of phallus or hanging wooden phallus will ward off evil spirit bringing luck & prosperity to the household.


Some unique cultural identities that serve as the tourist attraction are in various forms of arts and crafts. ‘Zogrig Chusum’ refers to the 13th traditional visual arts and crafts. These arts are expressed through Bhutanese paintings, carving, sculpture, calligraphy, gold, silver and black smiting, bamboo work, weaving and embroidery, pottery, masonry, paper and incense production.


One of the most distinctive features of the Bhutanese is the traditional dress, handmade textiles, traditional ceremonies and religious festivals that possess traditional and religious significance. The physical experiences like Bhutanese national game ‘archery’, trekking up the magnificent Paro Taksang or dipping in the hot stone bath are some authentic experiences a tourist can trade from their visit to Bhutan.


What makes Bhutanese people stand out from the crowd is the traditional dress. Bhutanese men wear ‘Gho’ a longish robe tied around the waist by ‘Kera’, the long belt-like woven by Bhutanese using Bhutanese textiles.

When you are in Bhutan, we recommend you to wear a Bhutanese national dress to feel Bhutanese.



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