Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist monastery

Paro, Drukpa Kagyu Monastery

Rinpung Dzong is a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist monastery and fortress in Paro District in Bhutan.
It houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag.
Drung Gyal built a small temple there and later a five storied Dzong or fortress which was
known as Hungrel Dzong. In 1646, the Dzong was reconsecrated and established as the administrative
and monastic centre of the western region of Bhutan, and it became known as Rinpung Dzong.

A map of Bhutan and Rinpung Dzon

The stairway to Rinpung Dzon: It is one of the first dzong that visitors see on arrival by plane into Bhutan. Rinpung Dzon means
a fortress that sits on a heap of jewels. This imposing dzong located above the Paro River is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture.

The stairway to Rinpung Dzon

The wall painting, Bhavacakra or wheel of Becoming - mandala, that is photographed inside of the Paro Dzong.
The figure is indicating 'the state of the samsara around six-world of the sky transmigration in the six worlds'

A wall painting of elephant and praying wheel and mandala, that is photographed inside of the Paro Dzong.

Religious wall painting in the Paro Dzong

(L) Courtyard of Paro Dzong (R) The sign plate says ' Royal Court of Justice Rinpung Dzongkhag'.

Courtyard of Paro Dzong and praying wheel

(L) A door of Rinpung Dzon (R) A view of Paro dzone from the inner courtyard

Tiger and elephant painting on the wall of Paro dzong

The majority of Paro dzong monks are young.

Rinpung Dzong and Paro, underneath

The cantilever bridge, that was photographed from Rinpung Dzong

Paro Chhu river is flowing past Paro Dzong.

The cantilever bridge, Paro, Bhutan

Thimphu Dzong and Buddish Structure

Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan. It is a Buddhist monastery and seat of the Druk Desi, the head of Bhutan's civil government.

Bhutanese People to see Buddist festival dance at the Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

A mask dance performance the Biddist festival at the Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

(L) Bhutanese in the courtyard of Dzong, after a dance performance is completed. (R) A high Buddist priest wearing a yellow clothe, on the stairway.

Many Bhutanese after the Biddist festival is over.

The entrance of Dzong: A policeman checks visitors to Dzone.

Bhutanese children and family are gathering in a fore garden of the dzong.

All Bhutanese is wearing ethnic costumes.

(L) Some family put money in the box for donation.(R) Bhutanese are returning from the festival with ethnic costumes.

(L) National flag raising stand (R) Smiling Butanese to a tourist

Traditional Thimphu Bridge: Unlike the bridge in Paro, which has been recently cleaned up, this bridge in Thimphu
is still festooned with prayer's flags. It is located near the Tashichho Dzong, over the Thimphu River.

Thimphu Bridge

(L) Bhutanese painted thangka of Milarepa (1052-1135), Late 19th-early 20th Century, Dhodeydrag Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan.
(R) Bhutanese painted thangka of the Jataka Tales, 18th-19th century, Phajoding Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Entrance view of the National Memorial Chorten

National Memorial Chorten: A prayer wheel is in the right-side building.

The architecture of the Chorten has been designed to present it as one of the most visible religious
structures in Thimphu. The Memorial Chorten, in the heart of the city, is designed is a Tibetan style Chorten.

Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan. クエンセルポダン

Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Bhutan.
The statue will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of
Kuensel Phodrang, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Upon completion,
it will be one of the largest Buddha rupas, artisans that specialize in making Buddhist Statues, in the world,
at a height of 51.5 meters. The total cost of the Buddha Dordenma Project may be well over US$100 million.

The 13.7 meter- standing Buddha stature at the Centenary Park, Thimphu

The statue was built with Nu 9M fund mobilized from Thai devotees and princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
to tighten the friendship between the two countries and its people and emphasize the Buddism in the two

A mask dance performance and the crowd of Bhutanese people at Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

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