Say What?? Travel Photo: Bhutan Toilet Etiquette

Behold the grandeur of Punakha Dzong!

Punakha Dzong

Inside this massive former fortress lies a seat of local power in Bhutan. But those government officials don’t have the whole place to themselves! No, no.

Like all Dzong’s in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, this is not only a civic center but a monastery as well. In fact, stepping inside, it’s hard to miss all the young, novice monks running around (or gazing off into space…)!

Pensive Monk

But, you know, I’m sure some of those kids need a reminder here and there on just how to use a squat toilet and the importance of washing ones hands afterwards…

Squat Toilet Instructions

And, you know, sometimes kids, even if they are monks, can get a little unruly in the bathroom. And that is why I suppose you need this sign. I mean, boys will be boys, right?

"To keep our Dzong clean and make good offering, all the reverent visitors are requested not to urinate inside the bathroom."

But no urinating inside the bathroom?? That seems a bit harsh, don’t you think?

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8 Responses to Say What?? Travel Photo: Bhutan Toilet Etiquette

  1. jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World March 15, 2011 at 1:27 am #

    Tee hee… we all can use a little monk cartoon characters reminding us to wash our hands after going to the bathroom 🙂

    • Aaron March 15, 2011 at 1:29 am #

      From UNICEF nonetheless! 🙂

  2. Jake March 17, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Haha I guess they don’t trust tourists to follow those complicated directions…

    • Aaron March 22, 2011 at 1:13 am #

      Yes, perhaps you’re right. The pictures of monks washing their hands and cleaning up after themselves in the bathroom is far too confusing for foreigners. An even more confusing sign is the perfect answer!

  3. Sasha March 30, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    I love that toilet instruction sign! I wish they had those in China!!!

    • Aaron March 30, 2011 at 8:33 am #

      Hehehe. Yes…all squat toilets should come with detailed instructions on their use!

  4. Ali April 18, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Hilarious! And why would you urinate in the bathroom? Come on, get with the program!

    • Aaron April 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      I’m more curious as to where they expect you to urinate if NOT in the bathroom?

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