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Wangduephodrang Dzong was built in 1638 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Wangduephodrang Dzong is the third oldest Dzong in Bhutan.

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It is the third oldest dzong in the country after the Semtokha and Punakha dzongs, and played a significant role in Zhabdrung's efforts to unite the country.

The dzong has experienced disasters before. In 1837, the dzong was destroyed by a major fire and later rebuilt.During the time of Lam Neten Pelden Singye, the dzong was also damaged by a severe earthquake in 1897.

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Timeline: Wangduephodrang dzong

1638 - Built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Wangduephodrang Dzong is the third oldest Dzong in Bhutan

1639 - Construction completed

1837 - Dzong destroyed by a major fire

1897 - Damaged by earthquake

2011 - Constructed separate living quarters for monks. Minor damages by earthquake

2012 - Renovation began with GoI funding

2012 - Wangduephodrang dzong was razed to the ground in a fire

This article was contributed by Sonam Pelden, KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper 2012

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