Thimphu, Paro and Phuentsholing are the major centers for shopping in Bhutan. Travelers can seldom stay away from shopping for antiques or other indigenous items produced in the country. The vivacious cultures of the dragon kingdom surely appeals foreign tourists to buy ethnic stuff and carry back home after their trips. The weekend markets and the small-time bazaars in Bhutan’s cities and townships put on display a range of fascinating, unusual products at too-good-to-be-true prices. Here’s a list of the most favorite souvenir products that most visitors buy and take home:
Woven bags and fabrics
Traditional and Gold-Silver jewelry
Handmade Kira and Gho (the traditional Bhutanese costumes)
Carpets and rugs
Finely crafted metal products
Wooden bowls and cups
Cane and bamboo products like utensils, baskets, bow & arrows, floor mats, storage containers, cane hats, wall hangings, tea strainers, etc.
Handmade paper, jackets, containers, blankets, etc.
Hand woven textiles like Adang Rachu, Adang Mathra, and Adang Khamar.
Himalayan beads (Dzi Beads).
However, the few shopping malls and departmental stores in the city areas of Bhutan may not sell the above articles. Instead, you will find these places stuffed with branded items and accessories including mobile phones, iPads and laptops. These stores also sell electronic appliances, jewelry, fitness equipment, cameras, watches and wide variety of garments, shoes, music systems, toys, kitchenware, perfume and a whole host of household items.
While shopping in Bhutan, most of the shopkeepers in the major tourist areas accept the local currency as well as US dollars and Indian rupees. Market places usually remain open from as early as 9 in the morning and closes past 7 in the evening. Some of the prominent places for shopping for the favorite souvenirs and indigenous articles in Bhutan are:
Norzim Lam Street, Thimphu
National Textile Museum, Thimphu
Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Center, Thimphu
Adang Village, Wangdue Phodrang
Tashi Industries Carpet Factory, Phuentsholing
Bhutan Art Gallery, Thimphu
National Institute of Zorig Chusum, Thimphu
National Handicraft Emporium, Thimphu
Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, Thimphu
Cheencho Handicraft, Paro
Lunga Handicraft, Thimphu
Centenary Farmers Market, Thimphu
Tea Market, Phuentsholing
Yoser Lhamo Shop, Jakar
Authentic Bhutanese Crafts, Thimphu
Town Square or Clock Tower Square, Thimphu
Wood Turning and Lacquering Cluster, Trashi Yangtse
Choki Handicrafts, Paro
Sorji Jewelry Gift Shop, Thimphu
Hong Kong Market, Thimphu
Yanki’s Sales, Paro
Yarkay Central Mall, Thimphu
Weekend Market, Thimphu
Lama Tshering Dorji General Shop, Paro
Thinley Dhendup General Shop and Handicraft, Trashi Yangtse
Kuenphen Terzoed Weaving and Handicraft House, Paro
Ethno Metho Plaza, Thimphu
Tarayana Rural Craft Outlets, Thimphu
Bhutan Traditional Archery Shop, Thimphu
Sephub Gyeltsen Tsongkhang, Thimphu
Yuesel Handicrafts, Paro
Thinley Choden Handicraft, Trashigang
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