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This place is the spiritual heartland of Bhutan and home to the most ancient and precious Buddhist sites. Its total area is 2717 sq.km with altitude ranging from 2,400 to 6,000m. The language spoken in Bumthang is known as Bumthangkha.
This Dzong is also known as ‘the fortress of the white birds’ and it was initially built as a monastery in 1549. The Dzong is now used as administrative centre for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.
It is located opposite Kurjey Lhakhang on the other side of the river was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. The lhakang has ancient religious paintings such as the 1,000 Buddhas and 21 taras(female form of Bodhisattava).