Dasho Nishioka Chorten Museum

Bhutanese gratitude for goodness- Dasho Nishioka Chorten Museum

Author: TourGenie contributor
Date: 2021-08-13

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Dasho Nishioka Chorten Museum was established in the memory of Late Dasho Keiji Nishioka. It was inaugurated by the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), His Excellency Mr. Akihiko Tanaka and Hon’ble Secretary, Dasho Tenzin Dhendup, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests at the Agriculture Machinery Centre in Bondey, Paro on 17th June, 2014.

Dasho Nishioka was sent to Bhutan by the Japanese Government as an agriculture expert in 1964. He worked in Bondey Agriculture Farm and brought about major developments in farming that has changed the livelihood of Bhutanese farmers. He initiated the establishment of three agriculture centers such as Agriculture Machinery Centre, National Seed Centre and National Post Harvest Centre to provide required services throughout the country. Dasho continued to living in Bhutan after his two years assignment period and worked here for 28 years until 1992.

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Dasho Nishioka Chorten Museum

His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo conferred the title of Dasho to him in 1980, in recognition of his selfless and dedicated services to the people of Bhutan in the field of agriculture development. Later Dasho was rewarded with Druk Thuksey medal in 1990. Dasho Nishioka is the only foreigner to receive the title of Dasho.

The museum denotes the life, contributions and achievement of Dashi Keiji Nishioka and shows how he revolutionized the agriculture process in Bhutan, making it more economical and the region modern and more independent. The museum overlooks huge rice paddies and an agricultural field which itself is a stunning site in Paro. The entry fee to this museum is INR 500 per head.

One can take a nature walk around the museum. It is so peaceful and relaxing to walk along the fields where cows are grazing, into the forest between tree lined paths. The stupa outside is the witness of Bhutanese gratitude for goodness.

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