Khamsum Yulley Namgyal

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands high up in the Punakha Valley. The Chorten are used for the ashes of important Buddhist monks, and for Buddhists as a place of meditation.

Majestically on a strategic ridge, it was built over a period of 9 years, Bhutanese craftsmen including carpenters, painters, and sculptors consulted holy scriptures rather than engineering manuals, to construct this 4-storey temple.

It is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated for the well-being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings. At the time of our visit the Queen Mother was setting up for the anniversary, a nine-day festival.

The best view of Punakha is enjoyed from the top of this temple and if you intend to hike up, which is the only means of access, you’ll need one hour, unless you’re my wife – in her case 31 minutes and the guide was sweating wet like a mop.

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