After taking a 3km trek from the closet paved road, and placed above the capital city Thimpu is the Phajoding Monastery. This particular monastery has seen a lot and went to through the journey of riches to rags. It used to one of the most prominent temples, but with years of ignorance and evolution it ended up in the list of Top 5 Endangered Monuments 2010 by World Monuments Fund. It encloses some of the oldest and unique artifacts and antiquities.
Comprises of a large complex that has several sacred buildings and remains. It also has a State Monastic School for the education of Buddhism to young aspirants.
It is also considered to bear the most spiritual significance for Buddhists out of the twelve sacred sites that Phajo Drugom Zhigpo has established. It was at this site where Phajo underwent a one month meditation and at the end of this meditation he had a vision of Chenrezig; the Buddha of compassion. In order to ascertain whether his teachings would spread across the whole of Bhutan it is said that he placed his walking stick into the cliff face where he meditated and if his teachings were to spread, water would emerge from the rock face, which it subsequently did. This sacred water known as ‘drub chu’ is still flowing from the cliff face and is famous throughout the whole of Bhutan for curing people with speech impediments. It is considered to bear the most spiritual significance for Buddhists out of the twelve sacred sites that he established.