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Buddhist Monument in Trashi Yangtse

Chorten Kora

Chorten Kora is large, but not nearly as large as the stupa of Bodhnath in Nepal, after which it was patterned. It was constructed in 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday in memory of his uncle, Jungshu Phesan, and to subdue …
Buddhist Monastery in Trashigang

Trashigang Dzong

The dzong is on a thin promontory overlooking the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and the Gamri Chhu. It was built in 1667 by Mingyur Tenpa, Bhutan's third desi. The entire eastern region was governed from this dzong…
Arts & Crafts in Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar

National Handloom Development Project

Three kilometres beyond Khaling is the National Handloom Development Project, operated by the National Women’s Association of Bhutan (NWAB). It contracts out weaving and provides cotton yarn on credit to about 400 v…
International in Mongar

Lotus Pond Restaurant

For a change of scene seek out this cheerful local restaurant with an ambitious menu including Bhutanese, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and continental dishes. We recommend the chicken chilli and momos. You can also pick…
Buddhist Temple in Mongar

Yakgang Lhakhang

A short drive west of town is this little-visited but interesting lhakhang, founded in the 16th century by the son of Pema Lingpa. As you enter the main hall, notice how the original entrance on the far wall was blo…
Buddhist Monastery in Lhuentse

Lhuentse Dzong

Lhuentse Rinchentse Phodrang Dzong, as it is correctly known, sits high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Kuri Chhu valley, with near-vertical drops on all sides. It has been renovated several times, most recently …
Arts Centre in Trashi Yangtse

National Institute for Zorig Chusum

This art and craft institute south of town was opened in 1997 to provide vocational training opportunities for those who are not continuing in the higher education system. Ten of the Zorig Chusum (13 traditional art…
Buddhist Monastery in Mongar

Mongar Dzong

The Mongar Dzong was established in 1930 to replace the original Shongar Dzong, although the original utse (central tower) dates from an earlier age. It's unusual because it has two entrances. There are four lhakhan…
Arts & Crafts in Trashi Yangtse

Wood Turning & Laquering Cluster

This cooperative of local wood turners sells polished products in a small outlet near the dzong. The dapas turned from rhododendron wood (and other trees) cost from Nu 800 to over Nu 20,000. There is a treadle lathe…
Bakery in Mongar

Puensom Confectionery & Bakery

The Puensom is the place to load up on acceptable pizza, donuts, apple pie, rasgulla (semolina dough in syrup) and chocolate eclairs. Your best bet is to ask what was baked today and make that your choice.