Zhemgang was closed for tourism for many years. In the recent years, only a small part is opened for bird watching. This region still holds the last of the animist traditions in Bhutan. These shamanistic practices are locally known as Bon. The famous Dunmang hot spring is in Zhemgang district.
Inhabitants of Zhemgang are culturally called the Khengpas. The villages and people of Zhemgang are divided into 3 regions : namely Chikhor (upper Kheng), Nangkhor (middle Kheng) and Tamachok (lower Kheng). Their bamboo products like wine containers, baskets, matted bamboo carpets and other cane products are rather well-known in Bhutan.