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Dance bars and mobile phones: changing face of Bhutan - Sort by:
Dance bars and mobile phones: changing face of Bhutan
For decades Bhutan had no television, no traffic lights and a culture that had barely changed in centuries. Today, bars dot the capital, Thimphu, set in mist-covered mountains, while teenagers crowd internet cafes to play violent video games, and men smoke and gamble in snooker halls.
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Drayang dancer Lhaden, 38, prepares to leave her house... more
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Thimphu, Bhutan
Drayang dancer Lhaden, 38, prepares to leave her house and go to work in a bar in the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan. Lhaden, a divorced mother-of-two, dances until midnight, and like thousands of her compatriots, is struggling to make ends meet. "I'm not happy or sad about things, I have no other choice," she said. Lhaden, who earns $125 a month, is counting the pennies. "I live in such a small flat so I can afford food and clothes." REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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Men play snooker and gamble in a snooker hall in the... more
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Drayang dancer Lhaden, 38, performs in a bar in the... more
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Drayang dancer Lhaden, 38, checks her mobile phone... more
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The Buddha Dordenma statue stands in Thimphu, Bhutan.... more
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Youths play football near a highway in the capital... more
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An electric heater and television sit in the corner... more
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Farmer Ap Daw (R), 43, talks on his mobile phone as... more
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Youths gather in an internet gaming centre in the capital... more
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A girl looks from the balcony of a shop in the capital... more
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A man carries straw on his back near Punakha, Bhutan.... more
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Houses stand in the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan.... more
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The Punatsangchu River runs past an industrial site... more
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People farm in the Punakha Valley, Bhutan. REUTERS/Cathal... more
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Buddhist monks play football in the Phobjikha Valley,... more
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Sonam Tshering, 13, feeds cattle in the Phobjikha Valley,... more
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A woman carries her daughter near Punakha, Bhutan.... more
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Zeko, 73, poses for a portrait at his home in Punakha,... more
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A tourist bus makes its way along the Phobjikha Valley,... more
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Drayang dancers Ugyen Tshomo, 29, and Lhaden (R), 38,... more
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A stream runs through the Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan.... more
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Men work at the Punatsangchu hydroelectric power project... more
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Smoke billows from machinery at a road construction... more
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A man walks past a housing construction site in the... more
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Youths sit outside a restaurant in the capital city... more
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Youths gather in an internet gaming centre in the capital... more
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A youth drinks whiskey at a bar in the capital city... more
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A man sings in a Karaoke bar beside a portrait of King... more
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Women share a joke in a Karaoke bar in the capital... more
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A masked dancer performs on the mountains above the... more
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