Bhutanese are proud of its rich artistic heritage best expressed in finesse frescoes and paintings, which are daubed traditionally with the use of mineral pigments and glues extracted from animal hides. The thangkhas (scroll paintings) and mandalas (mystic circle) depict an artistic skill of the people. Sculpting of religious figures is widely practiced and every temple houses large brightly painted and gilded statues of the Buddha and other saints.
Bhutanese architectural grandeurs are quite diverse exhibited in the form of dzongs (fortresses), monasteries, lhakhangs (temples), stonewalls, mansions, traditional houses and chortens (Buddhist reliquaries), which have survived for centuries as the silent sentinels of the deeply spiritual land. The unique feature of our architecture constructed with gently tapering walls in traditional methods has no nails or iron bars.