Paro Rinpung Dzong

Paro Rinpung Dzong

Paro Rinpung Dzong which literally translates into the “Fortress of a heap of jewels,” was built in 1646 under the rule of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, on a hill above Paro township.

The story behind this magnificent building is that it was built Ghelchock. His ancestors founded Bhutan’s Drukpa Kagyupa School. Upon his return after completing his studies on theology from Tibet, he was discarded by his own brother and community for being poor. After his humiliation, he moved to Humrelkha. From there he established himself and built a magnificent house for himself which later came to be known as the Paro Dzong. There is another legend that is associated with the cliff on which the Dzong is built. It is believed that the cliff was situated on the surface of La Tsho meaning the sour lake of God Jag Wog Nep.

Upon relinquishing his magnificent house in the service of the King Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Gyelchock was given the title “The lord of Humrel.” His brother was not behind in taking the family name ahead, he built the magnificent Gangtakha monastery for the people of Bhutan.

The tragic history of Paro Dzong took another blow in 1906, when it was almost burnt under the rule of 23rd Penlop Dawa Penjor. Almost everything inside the palace was consumed by the fire except for Thongdrol. It is a 20 x20 m wide Thangka which is brought out during Paro Tshechu for public viewing every year.

Apart from this magnificent majestic sacred Dzong, the main attraction for this place includes a painting of Sage Milarepa, depicting his story. The Thongrol is believed to relieve everyone from their sins. If you wish to attend the Paro Tshechu then you need to visit paro during between the 9th and 15th of the 2nd month.

This Dzong is not only sacred but also hosts the district administrative seat for the city of paro.


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Buffalo, New York



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