Choki Traditional Art School

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Choki Traditional Art School

Choki Traditional Art School
4.5
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Choki Traditional Art School is the only privately run charitable institute that provides traditional arts & crafts training to the underprivileged youths of Bhutan. The school provides free tuition, food and lodging facility and promotes the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan.
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Solo
the environment were good. the place was good . the near by neighbours are wellmeing and after all the place is good to view and to have good ride near by village if i get times
Written 16 January 2020
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Peter-and-Jann
Sydney, Australia48 contributions
It was great to visit and see the different traditional arts covering woodwork, painting and drawing, textiles and metal work. The Bhutanese craftsmen and craftwomen are then accredited and certified to work on special projects. We met a very talented painter, Yonten (certified back in 2014) later on our Exquisite Bhutan tour.
Written 22 November 2019
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jenb3478
Geneva, Switzerland12 contributions
Have been fortunate enough to visit this small private school before and I am continually blown away at the improvements that are taking place. What is also incredible is that even with all the building disruptions the students continue to work and improve constantly the level of professionalism in their skills whether it is painting, weaving, carving, sewing. The school is testament to the ongoing desire to achieve high standards in the traditional crafts with the graduation students always in a position to achieve employment on leaving the school. The fact that the school provides free tuition to all the students makes it unique and all donations and sponsorship helps the school continue with their amazing work. Definitely worth visiting both because of the amazing work that is done but also because the school is also located in the lovely Kabesa valley.
Written 17 November 2019
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mbknelson
Durham, NC26 contributions
Couples
Visiting the Choki school was an amazing opportunity to see first hand some of the traditional art that is unique to Bhutan. We walked through the classrooms while students were painting, weaving, carving, and sewing and watched as they learned and practiced. Some of the students answered questions or let us see their work close up. Some classes had 7or 8 students while others had just 1 or 2. A gift shop carries all original work from the students ( beautiful hand weaved scarves, paintings of Buddha and the surrounding mountains of Bhutan, purses and bags as well as various wood carvings). It was a wonderful place to find special gifts or mementos from Bhutan and the purchases go toward supporting the school.

Our guide introduced us to the daughter of the founder who spent time explaining the mission and purpose of the school. Her father was a traditional painter who felt passionate about preserving the arts that are unique to Bhutan by providing a place to teach students while also giving those who don’t continue on to conventional school an opportunity to learn traditional skill that would serve them as a career and also persevere the history and rich culture of the Bhutanese arts and crafts. As with many European countries the children of Bhutan experience a selection process via examination that leads to some of them continuing conventional education via university. For the other children, private school or opportunity in the trades are also available. It’s impressive that some people have dedicated their lives to providing opportunities for those who have neither the academic background or economic ability for continued education.

Choki is the only school in Bhutan that offers free education, food and lodging to students in the traditional arts of drawing, painting, weaving, embroidery, tailoring, wood carving and computer.

The school is funded by donations and student sponsorships. It was clear that the school benefits from visitors who admire and support their mission as they have donors from around the world - now including Durham NC!
Written 11 November 2019
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Penny
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Our visit to this school was one of the highlights of my overall visit to Bhutan. Granted as an educator, I am a bit biased but I loved learning about the mission of the school of preserving Bhutan's rich cultural history while providing an education and skills to Bhutan's underprivileged youth. The quality of products produced by the students is very high and my friends loved their gifts from this school. My only regret is that I didn't spend more time there. It is definitely worth an in-depth visit.
Written 20 October 2019
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Mohit S
Bengaluru, India2,070 contributions
Couples
This offers you to live experience how the art is done, even sculpturing. And you can talk to the students as well.
But don't disturb a running class, this is a serious school.
Written 26 June 2019
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Samir S
Mumbai, India1,083 contributions
Family
Must visit place for those who love and explore Bhutanese art and culture . young students making clay idols , making wooden craft , some are weaving traditional dress , some are doing paintings ... nice to watch .Our guide was telling that students are there for 6 years to horn their skills .
Simple building , nicely decorated. Ticket cost is Nu 300.00
Written 23 June 2019
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Nunngo
ACT1,604 contributions
Solo
Really enjoyed seeing the standings in action with their craft work. The wood carving was most interesting to watch, as was the weaving and clay sculpture. The shop where the students items are sold was excellent for souvenir buying.
Written 16 June 2019
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia2,854 contributions
Couples
There is quite a lot to see in the various art forms.
During our visit, there was a visit by a travelling monk, so the sudents downed tools and listened to him in the courtyard. A pity as all activity stopped!
Written 2 April 2019
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lauremm m
New York City, NY488 contributions
Friends
this is dedicated to the art of bhutan, be it embroidery, sculpting, painting etc. the students are there for 6 years. their skills are used to repair and restored mainy of the temples, and dzongs and also offer tourists quality local arts. it is a good introduction to many of the things you will see in the temples as you travel through bhutan.
Written 27 January 2019
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  • Sat - Sat 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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