Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is one of the most beautiful dzong in the country and is the second largest and second oldest dzong in Bhutan. The dzong is situated at the confluence of the two rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. On October 13, 2011, te wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong. The beautiful dzong contains the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan as well as sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. The dzong was constructed as an “embodiment of Buddhist values” and was one of the 16 dzongs built by the Zhabdrung during his rule from 1594 to 1691.

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