Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon which is famous among the traveler for its surreal beauty of Himalayan range and cultural heritage sites luring travelers from around the globe. The capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu has many pictorial destination of its own with fascinating back stories, National Folk Heritage Museum or Phelchey Toenkhyim being one of them. Nestled within a 19th century old building, National Folk Heritage Museum of Thimphu was inaugurated by Her Majesty, Queen Ashi Dorji Wangchuck in 2001. The main motive behind the establishment of National Folk Heritage Museum was to show the glimpse of traditional lifestyle of Bhutanese people while preserving it for the future generation.
The three stories 150year old building of National Folk Heritage Museum shows the durability of infra structure made during ancient Bhutanese era. Located at a 10mins walking distance from Clock Tower Square of Thimphu, the National Folk Heritage Museum is made as the replica of traditional farmhouse along with the furnishing which shows the age old household item like the antique noodle press, the leopard skin bags and Brokpa yak-hair 'spider' hats used by the rural people of ancient Bhutan. The building of National Folk Heritage Museum is in itself the prime attraction. Besides the display of the household artifacts, the museum also organizes demonstrations of rural traditions, skills, habits and customs, educational programs for children and research and documentation on rural life of Bhutan. The setting of National Folk Heritage Museum follows a seasonal rhythm, just like the activities of the true house hold which ensures the visitors to look forward for something new during each of their visit. The rural setting and flavors have been well preserved and visitors can see paddy, wheat and millets fields surrounding the National Folk Heritage, a traditional water-mill with a mill stone more than 150 years old, traditional style kitchen gardens with vegetables which were grown over the past 100 years and the famous traditional hot stone bath. The whole setup of the National Folk Heritage Museum takes the visitors back to the ancient Bhutanese era like a time machine. When you reach the National Folk Museum you will feel like time is reeling backwards, the museum has its own laid back ambiance which is quite refreshing and informative which has made it a favored destination by the tourist visiting Thimphu.
Surrounded by verdant land amidst the capital city Thimphu, National Folk Heritage Museum has become the ideal destination for catching the glimpse of the rural lifestyle which the Bhutanese people followed, along with learning how to use the ancient tools. Visiting National Folk Heritage Museum with its antique setup is an experience which can be cherished for a life time.
Apart from the national or government holiday, National Folk Heritage Museum remains open for the visitors all the seven days of the week although they should follow the specific timing. The museum remains open from10am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, on Saturday’s from 10:30am to 1:00pm and on Sunday’s from 11:30am to 3:30pm.