The Bhutan Cultural Atlas is a UNESCO cultural mapping initiative to preserve the world's intangible and tangible assets.
Identifying and understanding local cultural assets is a vital primary step linking culture and community development. Cultural mapping in the context of the present project consists of surveying; inventorying and locating cultural resources on the map thereby optimizing the existing culture background of the country.
UNESCO-New Delhi Culture Team has undertaken a series of pilot "Cultural Mapping initiatives" in India and Bhutan in line with UNESCO's two Action Lines: Promotion of the Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Development of Cultural Industries and Strengthening Partnership.
In Bhutan, the district of Bumthang was chosen as a pilot project and the project implementing agency is the Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), Royal University of Bhutan.
Really appreciate YANA's professional organization of the entire trip. Could not imagine how a trekking trip could such be well organized - more or less like a 5-star hotel with the only difference of we were at more than 3,000 above sea level. Special thanks to Yeshey and the chef who had given tons of assistance when I was descending due to attitude sickness. - Simon Liu, Hong Kong