Bhutan, which stayed isolated from the rest of the world until the early 1960s, has been referred to as The Last Shangri-la in part because of its largely unspoiled environment and its intact cultural heritage. Join Pam Perry from Grand Asian Journeys as she delves into the cultural traditions passed down through generations and the ancient art forms that persist despite the inroads of technology.
Perry takes us on a journey through the country’s primarily Buddhist history and culture via its fiber arts and traditions including the dying (and dyeing) art form of thangkha. Despite the country having one of the world’s smallest GDPs it is perhaps one of the most progressive, assessing its standing via GNH (Gross National Happiness). Perry will delve into the foundations of GNH as practiced in Bhutan such as sustainable development, preservation of cultural values, and conservation of the natural environment.