Built in 1646 by Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on a hill above Paro valley is the famous Rinpung Dzongkha. Originally known as Rinchen Pung Dzong, Paro Rinpung Dzong was built on the foundation laid by the Guru Rimpoche under the commandment of Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This dzong or Buddhist monastery and fottress is a large one.
In the native language the name Rinchen Pung Dzong means ‘the Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. Overlooking Paro town, Rinpung Dzong with its elegant and harmonious structure has become the must visit tourist place in Bhutan.
Perched on the steep hillside of Paro, Rinpung Dzong during 17th and 18th century served as a bastion for the Bhutan against invasion from the north. With its intricate wood work, large beams slotted into each other and held together without nails Rinpung Dzong is regarded as one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture.
Built with clay instead of stoned Paro Rinpung Dzong survived a massive earthquake in 1897 although it was destroyed by fire in 1906. Right after the fire, Rinpung Dzong was rebuilt by the Penlop Dawa Penjor.
Inside Rinpung Dzong are fourteen shrines and chapels:
Outside the main dzong is the Deyangkha Temple.
Thongdel of Rinpung Dzong is made out of the finest silk and cotton. And being considered as a sacred artefact it is only displaced once a year for a few hours during the annual tsechu.
Rinpung Dzong is also one of the sites listed in the Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO.
In annual Tsechu or festival visitor can witness the ancient masked dance. This dance is performed by the monks of Paro Rinpung Dzong.
Travellers can simply walk to Paro Rinpung Dzong from the main town of Paro Valley. From the main town it takes approx 20 minutes to reach Paro Rinpung Dzong. The distance between Paro to Rinpung Dzong is 3 km.
Paro Rinpung Dzong Timing
Travellers should note the timings if they want to visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. The timings of Paro Rinpung Dzong are as follows: 8am-6pm from March to October and 8am-4:30pm from November to February.
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