The Archery Grounds

Situated a few meters away from Paro town and next to the Royal Palace, Paro Archery Ground is ideally located and a perfect stopover to witness how a way of life is celebrated and how culture and heritage is expressed through the love for Archery.

Archery in Bhutan has a distinctive cultural inclination and a strong historical and spiritual connection. It is a sport very popular amongst a modern population that detests killing. In addition to the physical exercise involved, the sport is looked upon as a way to establish socialization and communication between people.

Archery was declared as Bhutan’s national sport in 1971 (the same year Bhutan joined the United Nations). Bhutanese archers have actively participated in the Olympics since 1984, but archery back home is entirely different. The distance to the target is about 145 metres and the relatively small targets are cut from wood and brightly painted, usually measuring about 3 feet (91 cm) tall and 11 inches (28 cm) wide. How anyone can hit a small target this far never ceases to amaze the crowd. Every hit is followed by a round of song and dance performed by the teammates in celebration.