Runaway Photo: Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

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Runaway Photo: Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

The Queen of all the dzongs, Punakha Dzong, is well known for its beauty. If you have time to visit only one dzong in Bhutan, you should visit Punakha. The Bhutanese went all out when they built this dzong in the late 1630′s. It’s the second oldest and also the second largest dzong in Bhutan and its full name (Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong) means “the palace of great happiness or bliss.” I could feel the bliss from its stunning landscape. Located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chuu (other) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley, it creates a majestic vista. It was the administrative center of Bhutan until 1955 when the capital was moved to Thimphu. The Pho Chhu River flows from northern Bhutan and Tibet, the glacier is the source of Mo Chhu. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, it has been fully restored by the present King. Because the weather in Punakha is warmer than in the capital, Thimphu, it is the winter home to the head abbot of the country.

This is Punakha Dzong.

Punakha Dzong from across the river

Punakha Dzong from across the river

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

It is beautifully located

It is beautifully located

A cat at the Punakha Dzong

A cat at the Punakha Dzong

Details of the buildings

Details of the buildings

Details of the buildings

Details of the buildings

A monk feeding pigeons

A monk feeding pigeons

A bridge next to the dzong

A bridge next to the dzong

The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers

The Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

7 Comments

  1. Florence says:

    Beautiful and very unique place..!

  2. Cam says:

    WOW! Beautiful

  3. Beth says:

    The detail on those buildings is amazing!

  4. Sorin says:

    WOW ‘ THE cats eyes are so hypnotising! Love it..

  5. Wow! Stunning photos. I found your blog after reading about the AWE conference. Great stuff!!!

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