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The Druk Minjur Chhoekhor Rabtentse Dzong
Trongsa Dzong: The Druk Minjur Chhoekhor Rabtentse Dzong

Built 463 years ago, the dzong's street-like corridors, wide stone stairs, beautiful flagstone courtyards and sacred temples have been witness to many significant events that have shaped Bhutanese history since the 16th century.

Trongsa Dzong today represents an important link with Bhutan's precious institution of monarchy.

It was the dzong where future Kings formalised their ascension as Chhoetse Penlop before ascending the Golden Throne. Trongsa Dzong is the place where the investiture ceremony of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, as the Chhoetse Penlop has taken place in October 2004.

The announcement of the renovation of the Trongsa dzong, by His Majesty the King, during the beginning of the eighth five year plan was welcomed by the people of Trongsa. Today, the enthusiasm and joy of the people of Trongsa remain unabated as they see a sacred monument being preserved and restored to its original glory. "The Trongsa dzong is a symbol of Bhutan's rich cultural and religious heritage which we have inherited from our forefathers and the announcement that efforts would be made to preserve and restore was a source of great joy to us," said the Trongsa chimi.

Now we can pass on the legacy to the future generations of Bhutanese who can also look on it with equal pride." Karma of Korphu said that the people of Trongsa saw the renovation as an opportunity to contribute in any way they could to preserving a part of Bhutanese history. "We, the people of Trongsa, are ready to assist in any way we can to ensure that the dzong stands for many more centuries," he said. "It is a monument that the people of Trongsa are proud to have."

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Trongsa Dzong: Significance
Trongsa Dzong before the restauration

The announcement of the renovation of the Trongsa dzong, by His Majesty the King, during the beginning of the eighth five year plan was welcomed by the people of Trongsa. Today, the enthusiasm and joy of the people of Trongsa remain unabated as they see a sacred monument being preserved and restored to its original glory.

"The Trongsa dzong is a symbol of Bhutan's rich cultural and religious heritage which we have inherited from our forefathers and the announcement that efforts would be made to preserve and restore was a source of great joy to us," said the Trongsa chimi.

Now we can pass on the legacy to the future generations of Bhutanese who can also look on it with equal pride." Karma of Korphu said that the people of Trongsa saw the renovation as an opportunity to contribute in any way they could to preserving a part of Bhutanese history. "We, the people of Trongsa, are ready to assist in any way we can to ensure that the dzong stands for many more centuries," he said. "It is a monument that the people of Trongsa are proud to have."

Tashi Dorji of Drakteng geog said that the renovations were timely in that the government had taken the initiative to restore the dzong before any major irreversible damages could occur. "The Trongsa dzong is a precious historical monument and if anything were to happen to it, it will be a great loss not only to the dzongkhag but also to the nation as a whole," he said.

The Trongsa dzongda, Dasho Dophu Tshering, said that the preservation of the Trongsa dzong was important to the dzongkhag and the entire country.
"The Trongsa dzong is of national significance because it is where the institution of monarchy in Bhutan began," he said. "The dzong is also one of the largest structures measuring about 227 meters and is home to the second largest monastic body in the country."

The secretary of the Trongsa Rabdey, Dungchen Zeko, expressed his happiness at the government's initiative to preserve the Trongsa dzong saying that the renovation would benefit the monk body and the people of the dzongkhag. "The Trongsa dzong will stand as a great symbol of our unique identity as a sovereign and independent Buddhist nation," he said.

Contributed by Rinzin Wangchuk, Kuensel, Bhutan's National Newspaper
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