Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Electricity in Bhutan

As many of you have asked for this information, here is a guide on electric plugs in Bhutan (source : Lonely Planet)

Did you know that the electricity that you use in Bhutan is 'made in Bhutan' ? Cheap, clean energy produced by hydropower. However, hydropower stations built on the country's rivers have certain undesired side effects re. the ecosystem. Hopefully, the current and future projects will not create irreversible damage. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hungarian and British archers in Bhutan

The national sport in Bhutan is archery. Hungary, my country, also has long archery tradition, so for me it was obvious that a Bhutan-Hungary Archery Match would take place one day. To make it happen, I initiated the first visit of Hungarian traditional archers to Bhutan working with Roland Csaki, ambassador of the Hungary-based International Archery Association and dr Kinzang Dorji, president of the Bhutanese Indigenous Games and Sports Association, BIGSA. 

Due to relentless efforts of our Bhutanese hosts, last March the Hungarian team of seven arrived in Bhutan and played three friendly matches agains local teams. In addition, they demonstrated their distinctive archery and combatting skills to entertain and educate their hosts and the audience. In Thimphu, it was great honor to meet with HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, president of the Bhutan Olympic Committee who himself is a dedicated and skilled archer. 

Considering the great success of our first cultural exchange program, we all look forward to continuing the discovery of our traditions and cultures!

Traditional ceremony to kick off the match 

HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wancghuck learns about Hungarian traditional bows and arrows from Peter Nahoczki.

Roland Csaki tries to hit the target from 140 meters.

The Hungarian delegation with HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk and dr Kinzang Dorji, former PM of Bhutan

On the same archery ground, about two weeks later, HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk welcomed two "British archers": the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who bravely tried the Bhutanese bows and arrows and had lots of fun.

The Prince explains to his guests 
Getting closer to the target

The Duke tries to apply what he was told. His wife is watching. 

Kate Middleton was allowed to play, but Bhutanese women are not permitted to play traditional archery.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Do Angry Birds make youth happier in Bhutan?

In 2012, I posted about the Angry Birds phenomena in Bhutan and how popular the computer game was among the youth. Also I wrote about the International Day of Happiness which is celebrated every year on March 20th and was inspired by Bhutan's Gross National Happiness. 

Now, for this year's Happiness Day, Angry Birds and Happiness meet! Watch the special videos to decide if Angry Birds - in other words: modernity - increases happiness in Bhutan or not.

In this video UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also becomes an Angry Bird:

Monday, March 7, 2016

Successful crowdfunding campaign for the first Hungarian-Bhutanese movie

10,000 Euros have been raised successfully for the first Hungarian-Bhutanese documentary film "Inseparables". 

To learn more about the project click on Christiano Ronaldo below.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The first Bhutanese-Hungarian coproduction film

Two inseparable friends TASHI and TSHERING break with family tradition and fight for their modern dream in the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

INSEPARABLES is located in a tiny kingdom in almost the most beautiful spot on the globe with fantastic people and incredible stories. A small group of young but extremely motivated girls coming from the most rural and isolated areas of the Himalayas - where the television was only introduced in 1999 - are trying to become footballers and build a modern career for the first time in a place where a Buddha statue and a Ronaldo poster can coexist next to each other. It is a modern tale of a forgotten part of the globe that you can rarely find in our uniformalized and globalized world any more.

Read MORE and support the project's crowdfunding campaign.