Paro Dzong, Bhutan

Photograph by Pete Ryan

A balance of playful yellow and passionate red, orange commands attention without overwhelming. This often flamboyant color brings to mind citrus and sunsets, fall leaves, and jack-o'-lanterns. Orange has even been found to stimulate appetite and creativity in humans.

Here, richly carved, painted wood distinguishes Paro Dzong, a fortress-monastery in Bhutan that sits above the town of Paro and serves as its religious center. A tiny Buddhist kingdom in the Himalaya, traditionally isolated Bhutan has in recent years taken steps to join the modern world.

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