Bhutan

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Learn more about Bhutan

  • Gale in Context World History: Bhutan
    This Gale database provides an overview of Bhutan and its government, history, economy and culture. 
  • Lonely Planet: Bhutan, Stan Armington, (2011), available on Overdrive or with the Libby app.
    Everything you need to know before you go, s you can prepare to search for fried ferns, jellied cowskins, and dried yak cheese at Thimphu's weekend market, dance with snowlions and banter with clowns at the pick of Bhutan's colorful festivals, or hike up to the gavity-defying Tiger's Nest monastery, reputedly held on to the sheer cliff face by the hairs of angels.
  • Britannica Library has information on Bhutan for learners of all ages, including articles, images, videos and more. 
  • Learn Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan, with Mango Languages

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  • Bhutan: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture, Karma Choden and Dorji Wangchuk (2021), available from Hoopla. 

    Often called the "Land of the Thunder Dragon," Bhutan was secluded for much of its history, its towering mountains and lush green valley’s virtually unvisited, evoking a sense of mystery and wonder. Culture Smart! Bhutan will give you a deeper insight into the country's history, values, customs, and age-old traditions. It highlights changes in people's attitudes and behavior as the country modernizes, and provides practical guidance on how to get to know the Bhutanese on their own terms, paving the way for a more meaningful experience of this fascinating and beautiful country.

  • The Dragon's Voice: How Modern Media Found Bhutan, Bunty Avieson (2015). Available on IndyReads.
    This is a fascinating account of ancient culture colliding with modern media. Tucked between Tibet and India in the Himalayas, the kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated and beautiful countries in the world. In The Dragon's Voice, Australian journalist Bunty Avieson provides a glimpse of life beyond the country's exotic exterior. As a consultant to local newspaper Bhutan Observer, she admires the paper's strong social conscience, but finds her expectations challenged in a country where spirituality and personal happiness are prioritized over work. 
  • Radio Shangri- La: What I discovered my accidental journey to the happiest kingdom on the earth, Lisa Napoli, 2011. Available on Overdrive or with the Libby app.
    Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan - said to be one of the happiest places on earth.