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Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong in Western Bhutan

Rinpung Dzong which means 'Fortress of the Heap of Jewels', is one of the oldest and most celebrated dzongs in Bhutan. Apart from commanding a slightly elevated strategic point overlooking the longest strecth of the Paro valley, Rinpung Dzong is symbollic as the religous and secular centre of all affairs in the valley. It is also an architectural wonder, setting the tone for official dzongs throughout the kingdom and inviting the visitor to wonder at the cultural strength of the kigdom's heritage. The dzong was built in the 15th century and was finally consecrated in 1646. Above the dzong is the old watch tower which has been converted to the national museum.

The museum's collections include ancient Bhutanese arts, artefacts, weapons, stamps, birds and animals. This is typical of the eclectic beauty of Bhutan-its prized objects bear little relation to each other but as a whole stand together as the history of one of the world's most pristine people.


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