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Dungtse Lhakhang – Detailed Travel Guide for Visitors

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The iconic temple in Paro with a Chorten-like shape known as Dungtse Lhakhang was built in 1421 by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo. The Dungtse Lhakhang in Paro is a three-story structure also known as the Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang or the Paro Dungtse Lhakhang. Dungtse Lhakhang’s three levels stand-in for hell, earth, and heaven. Sherab Gyeltshen, the 25th Head Abbot of Bhutan, built the current Dungtse Lhakhang in 1841.

History & Interesting Facts of Dungtse Lhakhang

Dungtse Lhakhang is claimed to have been constructed on the head of the demoness to pacify her because she was infecting the inhabitants and impairing the adjacent areas, according to ancient mythology. Another myth claims that the hill on which the Dungtse Lhakhang is located is the head of a black, venomous serpent. The Lhakhang was constructed on the nose of a frog-shaped hill to ward off Sadag (the earth-owning spirit) and lunyen (a strong naga spirit).

The founder of Dungtse Lhakhang allegedly appeared as five vultures on the day of the temple’s construction, circled the building, and bestowed blessings before departing off towards Tibet, according to old artifacts. The gigantic pillars used in the construction of Dungtse Lhakhang were lifted by men of remarkable height and strength known as the “Nya goe.”

Things to See In Dungtse Lhakhang

  • Painting portraying the progressive stages of Tantric Buddhism.
  • Figurine and painting of deities worshipped by Drukpa Kagyupa Sect.
  • The central tower of Dungtse Lhakhang.
  • Nearby sightseeing attractions such as Taktsang Monastery, Paro Dzong, Ta Dzong and more.

Legend about the Flying Tower of Dungtse Lhakhang

The Dungtse Lhakhang’s main tower is the subject of odd mythology. The pinnacle of the temple, the central tower (utse), is visible to visitors and is anchored to the temple’s roof from four different directions. It is thought that the Dungtse Lhakhang’s central tower shifted and made an attempt to fly to Tibet during the consecration. The center tower was therefore tethered to a wall to prevent it from taking off from Dungtse Lhakhang.

How to Reach Dungtse Lhakhang

Visitors can easily reach Dungtse Lhakhang from the main town of Paro as it is situated within a 10 minutes walking distance. The distance between Paro to Dungtse Lhakhang is 1 km. Foreign nationals can reach Paro by car and also by flight.

Dungtse Lhakhang Timing

Visitors should keep Dungtse Lhakhang’s hours in mind if they want to see the ten-year-old paintings and learn about the legends depicted in this special temple. They can go to Paro’s Dungtse Lhakhang at any time between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm and 1 pm and 5 pm. Bhutan Holidays provides a cost-effective package tour to see Dungtse Lhakhang that is custom-made.

Accommodation near this Lhakhang

Near this Lhakhang, there are many hotels and resorts available. In Paro, budget and deluxe both types of accommodations are available. Bhutan Holidays is happy to offer Hotel booking assistance to tourists, travelers and visitors. We also offer a complete tour package that includes accommodation in it.

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