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不丹国家图书馆Bhutan National Library
West of the golf course is the National Library. It was established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts, and is a lavishly decorated and vibrant example of Bhutanese architecture.
Pride of place on the ground floor is a copy of the largest published book in the world. Entitled Bhutan, this mega tome would crust any coffee table and defy any bookshelf. Its illustrated pages are turned one page per month. Details on the book and how to buy a copy can be found at www.friendlyplanet.org. Also on the ground floor are the English-language books. There are a few travel books about India and Tibet, and many about Buddhism and Himalayan history, but it’s an eclectic collection where you might find anything. There is a collection of bound volumes of Kuensel and another collection of the many report produced by agencies that have undertaken development or research projects. There is also a small collection of books about Bhutan on a shelf behind the checkout desk.
Traditional books and historic manuscripts are kept on the top floor-it’s worth the climb. Many of these books are Tibetan-style, printed or written on long strips of handmade paper stacked between pieces of wood and wrapped in silken cloth. There are displays of several significant documents which are well labelled in English. In another section is an old printing press and wooden blocks used for printing books and prayer flags.
Sometimes you will see people circumambulating the National Library building and chanting mantras. This is because the building houses many holy books. An altar on the ground floor, with statues of Bhutan’s most important historic figures, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Pema Lingpa and Guru Rinpoche, also contributes to the building’s sacred importance. Other displays include a model of Punakha Dzong and an exhibit of Chorten architecture. The library has a branch at Kuenga Rabten palace south of Trongsa in central Bhutan.

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