Punakha Dzong

Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha Dzong, otherwise known as the Pungtang Dechen Photrang literally means the palace of great happiness or bliss, and is the finest of its kind in Bhutan, dating from the 17th century and located on the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers.

Constructed by Ngawang Namgyal in 1638, it is the second oldest Dzong in Bhutan and was the seat of the Bhutanese Government until 1955, and also the place where the current King and Queen were married. It is dramatically perched on the confluence of the Mo and Po Chhu Rivers.

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