Bowled Over by Bhutan - 2007

Monks wear wraparound deep red robes that are also skirts really. Even the young

monks wear this habit. Their garment ends with a shawl-like affair over one shoulder,

rather like an Indian sari again, which allows air circulation on hot days when one

shoulder can be bared. Laymen often wear an undershirt so that the top part of the goh

can be dropped to the waist for “air conditioning” the core body.


Since the beginning of the 20 th century, Bhutan has stressed education and provides free schooling for all children for 11 years: 1 year of pre-primary education, 6 years of

primary education, 2 years of junior high, and 2 years of senior high classes. All classes are

taught in English—isn’t that surprising? Passing national examinations is necessary for

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