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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

Woodstoves and WiFi

This phrase was used by some fellow travelers to describe Bhutan, the odd clash of old culture vs. modernization evident across the country. Indeed, we stayed at one hotel in Bumthang where our only heat source was a wood stove in our room that we were expected to stoke and light ourselves. I could only [...]

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Infrastructure in Bhutan

The infrastructure of roads and facilities is the biggest challenge to the growth of the tourist economy in Bhutan. Airports are limited and I learned that Druk (Dragon) Air only owns two planes. Only Druk air pilots are allowed to fly in and out of the main airport in Paro. There is a reason for [...]

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As much as the concept of Gross National Happiness is promoted in Bhutan, there exists a clash between traditional values and modern development. We had the opportunity during our trip to meet an Bhutanese author, Kinley Dorji, who has written a book titled Within the Realm of Happiness. It is a collection of thirteen short [...]

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Gross National Happiness

One thing we learned about in Bhutan was the concept of ‘Gross National Happiness’ vs. Gross National Product.
The term “Gross National Happiness” was coined in 1972 by Bhutan’s King at that time, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. This King brought Bhutan from a state still operating like a feudal society into the age of modernization. He used [...]

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