Asia  | 02/07/2017

The PUNAKHA Dzong

The Punakha Dzong has always been linked to important events in the history of Bhutan. Located northwest of Thimpu, and adjacent to the Jigme Dorji National Park, it was the capital of the country between 1637 and 1907, and organized the first national assembly in 1953. It is the second oldest and one of the most impressive cities in the country.

More currently, it hosted the  Buddhist ritual  wedding ceremony of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck to  Jetsun Pema, on October 13, 2011.

The average height of the valley is 1,200 m. above sea level. Its favourable climate with mild winters and hot summers, determines the main economic activity, which is agriculture. Rice is grown on the banks of the two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu, but due to  this location, Punakha is also vulnerable to flood inundation of these rivers.

Despite having suffered throughout history, bearing four catastrophic fires and a devastating earthquake that destroyed many historic monuments, Punakha maintains a great structural beauty.

     
     
   

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