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Dechen-Phodrang-Monastery :

Situated 4km far from Gaden Lam on a valley, Dechen Phodrang gives a stunning view of the Thimpu city. A two-storeyed structure that has several ancient paintings along with a central ordinance by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, or the Bearded Lama. These are scenic to look at. The paintings found here are dated back to the 12th century; that is pretty ancient. Dechen Phodrang means a ‘Place of Great Bliss’. It was later (in 1971) turned into a monastic school or Lobra for the teachings and preaching. When you visit during breaks, you will find the little monks running out to ask you a lot of questions. The stunningly carved main chapel is adorned with murals that go back to the authentic 13th-century artworks. These murals leave all the viewers enticed and charmed with their precision and exactness. In the upper section of the main building, there is a large size sculpture of the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. There is also a chapel that is devoted to the protective deities it is called Goenkhang.

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