Dzongs and Chortens | Thimphu to Wangdue, Bhutan


Built in 1648, Trongsa Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built; it is the largest Dzong in all of Bhutan. It was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan, with both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruling the country from this ancient seat. All four kings were invested here as Trongsa Penlop (“governor”) prior to ascending the throne. Trongsa Dzong is a powerfully built fortress and exemplifies dzong architecture. It is an extensive complex, set on many different levels and includes a maze of courtyards, passageways and corridors leading to as many as 25 temples.  The watchtower, a narrow structure with two wings that project in a v-shape from the main part of the building also includes a temple. Called a Ta Dzong, the towers are located above the gorge to the east side of the dzong.

6 responses to “Dzongs and Chortens | Thimphu to Wangdue, Bhutan

  1. Pingback: Punakha Dzong, Kingdom of Bhutan | TravelBloggers.on.WordPress·

    • We spent about 12 days in Bhutan, including the 5 days of trekking between Paro and Thimphu. More time, of course, would be required to experience the entire country (we did not have the chance to visit the eastern half of Bhutan. I highly recommend visiting this very friendly, very scenic and interesting part of the world.


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