The Kingdom of Bhutan, the pious land of the Himalayas, derives its name from the Sanskrit word भोट-अन्त (IAST transcription: Bhoṭa-anta). (IAST transcription: Bhoṭa-anta), meaning “the end of the Tubo”, suggesting that Bhutan was the southernmost point where Tibetan culture could be transmitted. Bhutan has been a tribe of the Tubo since the 8th century, and after the unification of Tibet in the Yuan Dynasty, it was subject to the jurisdiction of the Yuanzhengyuan and was not independent until the Qing Dynasty, when it was heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. Tibetan Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan.
Bhutan was the last country in the world to open up its television and internet services. Bhutan is one of the least developed countries and is economically backward, but in 2006 Bhutan was ranked 8th in the “Global Happy Country Rankings”, the first in Asia.
Trongsa Dzong is the largest fortress in Bhutan, located in Trongsa, the royal family’s ancestral home. It rises 2,200 meters above sea level and was built in 1648 by Ngawang Namgyel in accordance with the mountainous terrain. Thongsa Festival is usually held from the end of September to mid-December.
We were honored to participate in the refurbishment of the Dzongsar Monastery, providing glazed luminaires with bodhi leaves as the main element, which is a great honor and a blessing. Religious sanctity and the encounter of glazed light and shadow, three or two steps in this Buddhist light-shining plateau is paradise.