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Taktsang Monastery (Paro)

Taktsang Monastery (Paro) – a.k.a. “the Tiger’s Nest” and located on the edge of a cliff, some 900 meters above the rice fields of Paro, this 325-year-old monastery is considered one of the kingdom’s most sacred religious sites. Founded in the 8th century, the Buddhist temple clings to a cliff 900 meters above the valley … Continue reading Taktsang Monastery (Paro)

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Semtokha Dzong

Semtokha Dzong (Semtokha) – located 12 minutes (6 km) southeast of the capital, It is the first dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. There are over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard of the dzong. There is a believe that it provided protection against a demon which … Continue reading Semtokha Dzong

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Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong (Paro Chu River, Paro) — this is a large dzong (Buddhist monastery and fortress) of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school in Paro District. The dzong’s full name – Rinche Pung Dzong is literally translated as “Fortress on a Heap of Jewels”. It gets such a name because of its large collection … Continue reading Rinpung Dzong

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National Textile Museum

National Textile Museum (Norzin Lam, near the National Library of Bhutan, Thimphu) — this museum offers an in-depth look into the Bhutanese art form of weaving. You can see examples of weaving techniques from different areas of Bhutan, as well as styles of local dress and textiles made by local people. A small group of … Continue reading National Textile Museum

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National Museum of Bhutan

National Museum of Bhutan (Taa Dzong, Paro) – established in 1968 by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this is a seven-level cultural museum housed in the renovated ancient Ta-dzong building, above Rinpung Dzong. It displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork including traditional costumes, armor, weaponry and handcrafted implements for daily life. The collection at … Continue reading National Museum of Bhutan

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Memorial Chorten

Memorial Chorten (Chhoten Lam, Thimphu) – this is one of the most iconic landmarks of the country and is a magnificent sight. This is a monument dedicated to world peace and a visit to this place is amongst the “must things to do” in Bhutan’s capital. The monument is painted in stark white and golden … Continue reading Memorial Chorten

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Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang (Paro) – this is a Buddhist temple that was built during the 15th century. It is located on the edge of a hill between the Paro valley and the Dopchari valley, across the bridge from Paro. According to a local legend, the Lhakhang was built by the saint Thangtong Gyalpo to subdue … Continue reading Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang

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Folk Heritage Museum

Folk Heritage Museum (Kawajangsa, above National Library of Bhutan, Thimphu) – this is a three-story timber building that looks like a traditional farmhouse and seems like it has been furnished about a century ago. It provides the tourists, an insight into the Bhutanese lifestyle and material culture. For the ones who are keen to have … Continue reading Folk Heritage Museum

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Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)

Drukgyel Dzong (Paro) – this is the remains of a defensive fortress, dating from the 17th century. This dzong was likely built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate a victory over an invasion from nearby Tibet (“the Battle of the Five Lamas”).