Photographer's Note

I will soon run out of usable photos from my trip to Bhutan in 2003, my last journey with an analogue camera. But before I leave this country for good I have to show you once again some of the remarkable buildings that characterize Bhutan more than anything else.

This is the main street in Paro (more or less the only street). Paro was the first town I saw after my arrival, and the conformity of the traditional architectural style was overwhelming. While the Bhutanese people enjoy fairly modern lives, they live in buildings looking from the outside like they have done for hundreds of years, and usually dress according to a fashion created centuries ago.

Here is a larger version.

The protection of national traditions makes Bhutan unique in the world. At the same time the country is quite well adapted to the modern society. Wi-fi connections are available everywhere, English is the language of education already from the first grade, and Bhutan was a vanguard of environmental protection long before the rest of the world took the threat from global warming seriously.

In one workshop I will show you the amazing hotel where I stayed in Paro, in another WS you can see a new house being built in the traditional style.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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