Monster Bhutan book on display until next month

Wu Shiu-chun, TAIPEI, Taiwan, Special to The China Post

The world’s largest book, “Bhutan,” is now on display at a Taipei bookstore until August 1.

The photo collection of Bhutan, opening to about 1.5 meters by 2.1 meters, is the brainchild of Michael Hawley, who together with his team spent more than four years on the project. The 114-page book, recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest ever published, features portraits and panoramas of Bhutan, from the perspective of a youth growing up in the Himalayan nation. A limited number of 500 copies have been published, each priced at US$10,000. The book is available only on “The majority of the book’s profits will go directly to Bhutanese schools and the donations have reached the amount of more than NT$21 million,” said Joe Teng, from the exhibition organizers, Elite Public Relations Consultants.

Hawley is the director of special projects from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His team included Bhutanese photographers, and students from MIT and the University of Washington. They took more than 40,000 pictures for the project. The exhibition is being held at the Eslite bookstore on Tunhua South Rd. in Taipei, the sixth stop of the book’s global tour. “Bhutan is as beautiful as the central mountains in Taiwan, but it’s not yet exploited,” said Alice Chen, a local writer who has travelled to the country nine times, and has published a book on her trips.