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National Museum of Bhutan Ta Dzong

National Museum of Bhutan

A stronghold in the shape of a conch, Ta Dzong is situated above Rinpung Dzong on the River Mangde. To defend the Rinpung Dzong from constant attacks from Tibet and India, Ta Dzong was constructed during the rule of the 2nd Desi Ngoenpa Tenzin Dugda. The third Dragon King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, oversaw the transformation of the once-grand fortification Ta Dzong into the National Museum of Bhutan in the 17th century. The National Museum of Bhutan, which houses more than 3000 relics dating back to 1500 years, has elevated Ta Dzong to the status of a must-see location in Paro Valley for curious tourists visiting Bhutan.

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History and Fact of Ta Dzong

The Ta Dzong’s remarkable spherical construction was constructed entirely out of stone and wood without the use of nails. Even though Ta Dzong’s sole materials are stone and wood, it has a remarkably sturdy structure. Ta Dzong, in contrast to other Dzongs in Bhutan, withstood the earthquake of 1714, which lasted for over 15 days. Ta Dzong even withstood the 1896 earthquake. Strangely, though, there is no mention of the architect who created Ta Dzong. Ta Dzong has an underground conduit that is thought to connect the tower with the Paro Chhu River and was once used to supply the tower with water during times of conflict. Till date there is no record about the architect of Ta Dzong.

What You Can See

  • Ancient Temples situated on the premises of Ta Dzong
  • The First King’s robes, the Raven Crown, the swords of the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal and the Third King, in one of the museum’s galleries
  • Art technology and media room where visitors can watch documentary programs on the history of the Bhutanese monarchy
  • Panoramic view of Paro Valley from the watchtower of Ta Dzong

National Museum of Bhutan stays open from 9am to 4pm except Monday and national holidays. On Sunday the museum open from 11 am to 4pm. During winter November to February tourist should note that the museum closes one hour earlier than usual time.

Timing and Entry Fees of Ta Dzong

Visitors who plan to visit the Ta Dzong National Museum should take note of the hours. The Ta Dzong Museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm and every Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Ta Dzong is open for visits at any time throughout the times listed, with the exception of Monday and occasional official holidays.

The National Museum of Bhutan in Ta Dzong requires visitors to pay a small entrance fee. The National Museum of Bhutan charges the following admission fees: Locals are charged 10 Nu, visitors from SAARC 50 Nu, students 5 Nu, and foreigners 200 Nu. The admittance price for monks, gomchen, nuns, and kids under 10 is free. It should be noted that the National Museum of Bhutan in Ta Dzong may vary its admission price.

Nearby Attractions

There are not one but plenty of places to visit near Ta Dzong or the National Museum of Bhutan.

Taktsang Monastery

One of the most popular tourist attractions close to Ta Dzong is Paro Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, which is located at a distance of more than 14 kilometers. It is a magnificent Cliffside monastery located in Bhutan’s upper Paro Valley and is additionally known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.


Another attraction to view close to the National Museum of Bhutan is RingpungDzong, which is listed as a tentative UNESCO site. This magnificent monastery, also known as Paro Dzong, is often closed during mass. However, the monastery is open to anyone during the blessed Tshechu Festival. The three tall sculptures of Guru Rinpoche, Buddha, and Zhabdrang are this monastery’s most popular attractions, and they are only a 7 km drive from Ta Dzong.

Dungtse Lhakhang

Near the National Museum of Bhutan lies the well-known Chorten-shaped shrine DungtseLhakhang. It is a three-story structure that also goes by the name JangstaDumtsegLhakhang and stands in for Hell, Earth, and Heaven, respectively. Due to its astounding construction, DungtseLhakhang, which is about 3 kilometres away from Ta Dzong, is a must-see location.


KychuLhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the entire Himalayan region, is situated 7 miles from Ta Dzong. The temple is more inviting to visit close to the National Museum of Bhutan since it has a large garden full of apple trees and several bright flowers.

Haa Valley & Chele la Pass

The National Museum of Bhutan is located 40 kilometers from Chele la Pass, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. You will certainly be mesmerized by the ice river, rhododendron woodland, waterfall, and breathtaking vista of Mt. Jumolhari in Chele la Pass. Another confusing location to visit close to Ta Dzong is Haa Valley, which is only a few kilometers from the colorful Chele la Pass. Haa Valley is undoubtedly a good tourist site for a sojourn given that it is surrounded by a beautiful alpine forest, paddy fields, mountains, and wide meadows.

How to Reach Ta Dzong

Tourists can walk to the museum or take a car. It’s about 20 minute walk from downtown Paro. To visit Ta Dzong Bhutan Holidays offers a tailor-made package tour to stay at Paro at an affordable price.

Hotels near this Dzong

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