… it will be an entertainment hub in the town

YK Poudel

Initiated upon the Royal Command, and as a gift from His Majesty The King to the residents of Phuentsholing, the Ka Ja Throm was aimed towards making the town an entertainment hub.

It is located on the rooftop of the multi-level car parking.  According to the thrompon Uttar Kumar Rai, the throm offers a lively experience for the visitors.

The management will organise regular live performances at the open-air stage, alongside the five food and drinks stalls managed by the de-suups from the De-suung Skilling Programme culinary training.

Thrompon Uttar Kumar Rai said that the throm would be a platform for skilling and employment of de-suups with the promotion of quality food among the people.

“Phuentsholing does not have many places for regional and international visitors to move around and hang out. We are making this throm a place for entertainment. This will help attract more regional and foreign tourists.”

A private employee in Phuentsholing, Lok Nath Bhandari, said the throm is ideal for entertainment and gatherings. “It is an ideal place to hang out with family and friends during the weekends.”

Sonam Dema, who owns a bar, said that besides being a tourist attraction, it could also organise musical events. “The throm is a gift from His Majesty The King for the residents to relax during the leisures.”

After the inauguration on February 17, the pedestrian terminal and border gate were left open for two days with the Sustainable Development Fund exemption for regional tourists to visit the throm.

Over 400 Bhutanese residents in Phuentsholing and regional tourists visited the throm in the first two days.

The thromde is yet to decide on whether to charge rent to those running the stalls. This is the third Ka Ja Throm in the country after Thimphu and Paro.