Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
The impressive Wangdiphodrang Dzong which stood dramaticallyon a ridge overlooking the Wangdue valley. This Dzong was in Wangdue Phodrang town in Central Bhutan. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was the most visible feature of the district and provided a wonderful view being located on a ridge overlooking the confluence of the rivers Dang Chhu and Punakha Chhu.
The dzong was founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The town shares its name with the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong built in 1638 that dominates the district. The name is said to have been given by Ngawang Namgyal, who was searching for the best location for a dzong to prevent incursions from the south. At the chosen spot, the Zhabdrung encountered a boy named Wangdi playing beside the river and hence named the dzong “Wangdi’s Palace.
Today it is used as the center of administration and the monk body. During pre-monarchy days, the governor of this dzong played an important role. Over time the complex grew to house over thirteen shrines and three courtyards in the complex.
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