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Punakha Dzong Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

The old capital of Bhutan, Punakha holds many great buildings, but one of the best is the Punakha Dzong. The first king of the current government, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned in this Dzong in 1907. While it is important in the current government, it was however build many years earlier in 1657 and rests at the confluence of the Mo Chhu (Mother River) and the Pho Chhu (Father River). This Dzong has a turbulent history with it being damaged 6 times by fire, once by flood and once by an earthquake. It is worth noting that the current king has ordered all repairs to be done using traditional methods and materials thus it has retained many of its traditional beauty and remains one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Entering the temple, you will see some giant Buddha statues with the ceiling having hundreds of beautifully painted dragons. The guide can give detailed explanations of the series of 12 paintings which can explain many of the aspects of Buddhism. It remains used to this day for special ceremonies, such as royal weddings and it is a must see attraction when visiting this area.

Opening Hours: whole day
Entrance Ticket: free
Address: Punakha
Duration: 2-4hours

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