With the same geographic size of Taiwan, Bhutan (meaning "the Highland Kingdom") has a population of 700,000, less than 1/30 of Taiwan's. We visited the current capital Thimphu (elevation 2,500 meters), and two ancient capitals Punaka(ele. ⋯⋯2,100 m)) and Paro (ele. 2,300 m). In the 8th century AD, Padmasambava or "The Second Bhuda" , "Guru Rinpoche", was invited by the Tibetan King to come from India to his country. He passed through and stayed in Bhudan twice, in and out of Tibet. Since then Bhutan was no longer the same. His visit was preceded by two important events in the 7th century: Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang went to India, stayed 19 years, and brought back Buddhistic sciptures to China, and Tang emperor sent his princess Wencheng to Tibet with Buddhistic teachings where she married the Tibetan king.
Chong-Pin Lin 9 June 2014
The Iron-chained bridge constructed in the 15th century by a rinpoche. (Left)
Airport in Paro. (Right)
The Tiger's Nest Temple (ele. 3,100 m) (Left)
Beehives hanging from the roof at the ancient fort (Dzong) in Punaka (Right)
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