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Tashichho Dzong Fortress

Tashichho Dzong Fortress in Thimphu

Popularly known as "fortress of the wonderful religion", Tashichho Dzong, or popularly called Thimphu Dzong, is a remarkable structure that houses the Bhutanese federal government and also stands on the ideal side of the Wangchu River (Thimphu).

The Dzong originated with the structure of Dho-Ngon (Blue Stone) Dzong on a hill over Thimphu River where Dechenphodrang stands by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. On the 17th century, the fans of Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa were completely squashed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal as well as the Dho Ngon Dzong fell into the hands of Zhbdrung. Zhabdrung restored the citadel in 1641 and renamed it Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the auspicious religion).

In 1694, the fourth Desi Tenzin Rabgye enlarged the Dzong. The Dzong caught fire in 1698 and was recovered. In 1747, the Dzong was enlarged at the initiative of the 13th Desi, Chogyal sherab Wangchuk. The Dzong ignited once more under the reign of the 16th Desi, Sonam Lhendup, and also 13th Je Khenpo, Yonten Thaye. Hereafter fire, the Dzong was relocated to the present destination.