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Punakha Dzong, Punakha of Bhutan

Punakha Dzong, Punakha of Bhutan

Punakha Dzong, Punakha of Bhutan

The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang (meaning "the palace of great happiness or bliss"), is the administrative centre of Punakha District in Punakha, Bhutan. Constructed by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in 1637–38, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures. The dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Rangjung Kasarpani and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa.

Punakha Dzong, Punakha of Bhutan

Punakha Dzong, Punakha of Bhutan

Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

Punakha Dzong, Punakha of Bhutan

Punakha Dzong in May with becautiful jacaranda, Punakha of Bhutan

While visiting the dzong, you have to keep quiet and do not dress too scantily.

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