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Asian Studies: Bhutan


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Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find articles and/or essays in scholarly journals and books.


UofL Databases

Open Access

National Statistics Bureau - Bhutan


Encyclopedia Britannica - Bhutan

Information on the land, people, economy, administration and social conditions, cultural life, and history. 

The World Factbook - Bhutan 

Basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues.

BBC Country Profiles - Bhutan

An instant guide to the history, politics, and economic background of countries and territories.

Nepal and Bhutan : Country Studies

Offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy. 

UofL Government Resource Guide - Bhutan

Our Government Resources guide provides an extensive list of articles related to politics, culture, and society

Primary Sources

These databases and websites provide access to digital archival materials such as manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving image and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, and other artifacts. You can also visit our main pages for Asia and South Asia to find additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

Open Access 

Frederick Williamson's films of Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet

Digital Himalaya. Williamson was a British Colonial Officer based in Gangtok, Sikkim, from 1930 to 1935, during which time he took a great number of photographs and 23 reels of 16mm cine film. The quality of the footage is variable.

B&F Shaw Bhutan Photo Archive

This photo archive comprises scans of colour slides taken on annual/semi-annual visits to Bhutan from 1980 onwards. Although this personal record includes pictures illustrating a wide range of cultural elements, the emphasis is principally on the landscape, schools, development and change and the people themselves. 

Centre for Research on Bhutanese Society

The CRBS focuses on design, conduct and reporting of research on social phenomena – context and issues in Bhutanese society. 

The National Museum of Bhutan

The National Museum of Bhutan is among the few educational institutions that interpret the history and culture of Bhutan through its exhibits, conducting symposiums, publication of research findings and conservation of artifacts. It boasts a rich variety of artifacts from all over the country representing different eras, as early as 4000 B.C E. to the present day. Access images through the virtual tour or the collections snapshots.



UofL Databases

Recommended Titles:

BBC: Bhutan    
Bhutan Times    
Business Bhutan