Sorig Museum is located just above the National Traditional Hospital at Kawajangsa. The museum was established by the Faculty of Traditional Medicine in the year 2020 under the leadership of the Dean Drungtsho Sangay Wangdi with the aims to preserve, promote and advocate the unique system of medicine in sowarigpa. The museum will also serve as a research centre for the faculty and other traditional medicine practitioners in the country.
One distinctive feature about the Sorig museum is that one can behold a sacred structure of the magnificent Tanadug Phodrang, the Celestial City of Medicine, which is the first of its kind in Bhutan and probably very rare around the globe. Mounted at the centre of the Tanadug Phodrang is the structure of Medicine Buddha, surrounded by the four gigantic mountains located in the four geographical directions. Various medicinal plants, rocks and minerals with healing fragrances fill the mountains making it very unique and sacred. It is believed that having a glimpse of it is enough to cleanse oneself of all the negative Karma and thus will be able to fulfill whatever is wished for.
The Museum also houses some of the finest Bhutanese traditional medicine specimens including high and low altitude medicinal plants, about 150 herbaria, 130 samples of medicinal plant materials, thankas (scroll), Dongdrem (The Medicine Trees representations) and many other extensive collections.
Further, the Museum also showcases the medicinal ingredients that include herbs, minerals and animal parts that have healing properties. The thangkhas (scroll) with pictures and drawings of sorig therapies such as venesection and Moxibustion, thanka of anatomical grid etc. are also in display.
Ancient medical instruments used in Bhutanese traditional medicine are also in display. This display of samples and models serves as useful tool for effective teaching learning process, not only to the students of the Faculty but also for the foreign visitors.
In a nut shell, Sorig Museum represents a remarkable blend of the past with the present; serving as a leading destination and learning center for history and culture of Bhutanese traditional medicine. Thus it has become a major attraction for both local and foreign visitors from all over the world.
Photography and videography are not permitted inside the museum.Please place your cameras in the museum counter. Thank you for your cooperation.