Ta Dzong Museum

Watchtower of Trongsa

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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Ta Dzong Museum is located strategically above the Trongsa Dzong on the left bank of the Mangde River. It is a short, steep walk from the main Trongsa town. A road now also makes Ta Dzong accessible from behind. The building is a massive circular five-storey tower flanked by two lower towers. Two smaller, free-standing towers are below the main building.

Ta Dzong, which means “watchtower”, was built by Choeje Minjur Tenpa, the first governor of Trongsa, in the year 1652. The tower stood guard over the Trongsa Dzong to protect the main stronghold of the town from any external threats. Since peace came to Bhutan, the tower has lost its military function.

It was opened in 2008, in celebration of three auspicious occasions: enthronement of the fifth King, recognition of 100 years of Monarchy and introduction of democracy in the country. The museum showcases some of the rare and priceless artifacts belonging to the monarchy.

Ta Dzong Museum

Ta Dzong Mseum

The museum is very interesting with many ancient relics and statues of deities. Statues depicting two deities in a graphic compromising position wearing necklaces and anklets of decapitated heads, stomping the guts out of two other couples in equally graphic compromising position is worth to watch. A must see place for the history of the royal family and the Dzong.

Ta Dzong has two temples. One is dedicated to the legendary Gesar of Ling, and the other to Maitreya (Jampa), the Buddha of the next age. Both temples also contain chambers for the tutelary gods. Ta Dzong plays an important role in preserving and displaying valuable artifacts for the public, and holds the tradition of organising a Nyungne (snyung gnas), or meditation practice, for the well being of all the sentient beings during first month of every year. A hermit also resides in a cell onsite.

Photography inside is strictly forbidden by authority and visitors have to submit cameras and phones.


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