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Namgay Wangchuk, 19, from Punakha, stands in the courtyard of the Thimphu Dzong, where he is studying in Thimphu, Bhutan, April 21, 2007.  A Dzong can be found in most district capitals throughout Bhutan, and is the seat of secular and religious authority in each district--half administrative headquarters, half monastery.  Within the Monasteries that line the countryside throughout Bhutan, young monks are taught Bhuddist studies, manners, and basic home skills among their studies and prayers. traditionally in Bhutan, families used to send one child per family to the monastery, though now it is up to the individual family to decide whether they would like to send a child.
Thimphu, Bhutan

Namgay Wangchuk, 19, from Punakha, stands in the courtyard of the Thimphu Dzong, where he is studying in Thimphu, Bhutan, April 21, 2007. A Dzong can be found in most district capitals throughout Bhutan, and is the seat of secular and religious authority in each district--half administrative headquarters, half monastery. Within the Monasteries that line the countryside throughout Bhutan, young monks are taught Bhuddist studies, manners, and basic home skills among their studies and prayers. traditionally in Bhutan, families used to send one child per family to the monastery, though now it is up to the individual family to decide whether they would like to send a child.