Archive for South Asian History

PostCard Moment:Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

Punakha Dzong

In Bhutan, the chief abbot’s winter residence is at the Punakha Dzong. Sitting at the confluence of the two rivers in the former Bhutanese capital of Punakha, this dzong houses many of the country’s historic and holy relics including the embalmed body of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Zhabdrung was the first monarxch to unify the various fiefdoms in Bhutan and in the 17th century defended the unified Bhutanese kingdom against the Tibetan invasion.

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