Opening ceremony for Daphne hall and Museum for Ethnobiology held

The Daphne conference hall at UWICE
The Daphne conference hall at UWICE

April 16, Bumthang: Coinciding with the inauguration of the centre for South Asia Forestry Studies, Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck inaugurated the Daphne conference hall and the Ugyen Wangchuck Museum for Ethnobiology located at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE).

The hall was constructed with the financial support from Mrs. Daphne Hoch Cunningham.

The Ugyen Wangchuck Museum for Ethnobiology being inaugurated
The Ugyen Wangchuck Museum for Ethnobiology being inaugurated

The museum was established with an objective to preserve and pass on to the future generation, the traditional arts and crafts that were used by our ancestors.

The museum showcases over 250 indigenous items including the traditional implements, equipment, dresses, pottery and containers which were the essential parts of our ancestors’ daily lives but have now been abandoned and changed due to economic development and cheaper substitutes of the items. .

The museum is a part of the UWICE’s tribute to the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Tshering Doma with inputs by Tshering Dhendup, UWICE

Photo by Choidup Zaangpo, ICS

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