THE TASHICHHODZONG – IN THIMPHU

The Tashichho Dzong is a gigantic fortress housing the office of the King of Bhutan. Tashichho Dzong can also be seat as the seat of Bhutan’s governance and it also has other government offices apart from the King.

It is a very important fortress and the annual Thimphu Tshechu Festival and the Thimphu Dromchu Festival are held at the courtyard of the Dzong, which means fortress.

According to history, a Dzong was constructed above the present area where Dechen Phodrang Temple stands today by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in 1216 A.D. The Zhabdrung built a lower dzong at the present site in 1641. It was reconstructed several times and in 1952, when Thimphu became the capital, the Dzong became the King’s seat.