"Is Bhutan open for tourists?" is a question often posed to us. Well, as of March 2021, the Kingdom is currently still closed for tourism. And that would mark exactly one year of borders closure since the first imported COVID-19 case was detected in the country on 6 March 2020.

On a brighter note, Bhutan has received its first consignment of 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on 20 Jan 2021. The Kingdom is the first country to receive the Government of India's gift of Covidshield vaccines. Bhutan is planning to vaccinate all the targeted population at the same time. A nationwide vaccination program will be rolled when there are sufficient doses for all the targeted population.

Hence, there are hopes that the Kingdom might reopen for tourism this year. Well, a bit of optimism goes a long way.

In the meantime, continue to keep safe and healthy.
On the auspicious day of 21st February 2021, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Royal Patron of the Textile Museum, Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs has officially launched the virtual exhibition and the website of the Textile Museum to commemorate the 41st Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.​

This virtual tour is the first of its kind in this tiny himalayan nation which is an amalgamation of the ancient art of weaving with the new age of digital technology. The virtual exhibition provides a 3-D experience of the museum galleries and detailed information on the artifacts on display from your personal space.​
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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, fondly known as the People's King is a beloved monarch in Bhutan.

In a time where we are going through the worst pandemic in history, we also witness the extraordinary leadership of an extraordinary monarch. Bhutan has constantly been praised and recognised internationally as one of the nation that has successfully combatted COVID-19. Under the constant guidance and wisdom of His Majesty the King, the himalayan Kingdom has managed to curb the widespread of the novel coronavirus within the nation. His Majesty risks his personal safety, sacrificed his time, devote his life and walk the ground to be with the people during the most challenging times. It is unsurprising that his sincere concerns and genuine care for the people are received with much respect and unwavering loyalty.

“Throughout my reign, I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing; I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality.” -
His Majesty's Coronation Address to the people of the Kingdom of Bhutan
6 November 2008

Watch Bhutan's COVID-19 success story featured on CNN here
Unlike many monarchs who live a very detached life from the commoners, His Majesty has been serving His people away from the throne and the palace. For the past decade, the King has been tirelessly walking the ground, going the distance to the remotest corners of the country to meet with the people. His compassionate and selfless nature along with his far-sighted visions have been a beacon of guiding light to all the Bhutanese. 

King Jigme and his love and devotion for the people is undoubtedly the force of unity in this small Buddhist nation of 760,000 people. 

This exclusive 196-pages pictorial book depicts the journey of an exceptional King.
This intricate design is inspired by the unique and distinctive motifs that can be found throughout the Kingdom of Bhutan.

When you are in Bhutan, one of the most prominent features you'll notice is the elaborate patterns that you can find everywhere from the Bhutanese traditional costumes, Buddhist arts to architectural style.

This t-shirt design is a reminder of the richness of the arts and cultures in Bhutan.

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Click here to read about the inspiring first visually impaired boy band in Bhutan. 
Kuenphel Entertainment for Visually Impaired (KEVI) was formed in 2020 to spread happiness through music.
Jomolhari trek
Keep well and keep safe while the Kingdom awaits your return. 
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