The colloquium on tangible and intangible culture in Paro
The National Museum of Bhutan, (Ta-Dzong) was built in 1949 by the first Governor (2nd Desid) of Paro La-Ngonpa Tenzin Drukda, half brother of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to protect the Paro dzong from invading armies. It also played a vital role in the modern history of Bhutan as well.
It was renovated under the Royal command of His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the late 1960s to house the Nation- al Museum of Bhutan. It was opened to the public in 1968 as the National Museum of Bhutan with the sole aim and objective of preserving and promoting our unique tangible and intangible culture.
Bhutan is peace loving nation with the enlightened philosophy of Gross National Happiness which includes dimensions of preservation and promotion of Culture as one of the 9 domains generated as a mind treasure by the 4th King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk.
As of today, the National Museum of Bhutan, have conducted 7 colloquiums on various aspects of tangible and intangible culture beginning 1997, proceeding of which were compiled, edited, translated, published and distributed to the various educational centers within the outside the country, like the Rubin Museum of Art, Library of Congress in the US. The publications were well received by students, Scholars and researchers alike.
This year coinciding with the Guru Rinpoche’s Birth Year, the 400th Year of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s arrival, the First Birth Anniversary of the Gyalsey and the 10th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the golden throne, we have planned to organize our 8th Colloquium on Tangible & Intangible Culture from February 1st to 3rd 2017 at the Le Meridien, Paro Riverfront. 24 noted national scholars will be presenting their research papers during the three day symposia on tangible and intangible culture. The proceedings will be complied, edited, translated, published and distributed free of cost to the Schools, Colleges, Universities, Libraries and relevant organizations.
The publications are one of the contributions of the National Museum towards these noble efforts of the Royal Government of Bhutan in order to educate visitors both within and outside Bhutan on the country’s philosophy related to preservation and promotion of our history and culture.