About Punap Ugyen Wangchuk
I grew up in a remote village called Thambji, Punakha, Bhutan. I was previously a monk for thirteen years under the Central Monastic Body at Dodedrak, Dechenphodrang and Punakha Monasteries, and finally at the Tango Buddhist College. In 2000 I attended Kauai Community College in Hawaii where I studied English and Photography, and in 2001 I was granted an opportunity to enhance my English language and Basic Media course in California, USA. I am currently a freelance photographer and licenced tour guide.
My passion for sustainable tourism led me to develop the Wangdue Eco-Lodge, the first of its kind in the Country; I have always been captivated by the unique culture of Bhutan and our Country’s journey through rapid economic development. I have dedicated my life to documenting everything that is Authentically Bhutanese, in hopes of contributing to a meaningful archive of our valuable culture and traditions.
My previous photography books include “Authentic Bhutanese Cookbook,” and I am currently compiling a comprehensive photography book on Bhutan.
My dream is to help develop my local community into a sustainable and happiest village in the country.
Born 1972, from Punakha
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