Dechen Phodrang Monastery

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Dechen Phodrang Monastery
Dechen Phodrang monastic school, Thimphu.jpg
Dechen Phodrang monastic school
Basic information
Location Thimphu, Bhutan
Geographic coordinates 27°30′4″N 89°37′57″E / 27.50111°N 89.63250°E / 27.50111; 89.63250Coordinates: 27°30′4″N 89°37′57″E / 27.50111°N 89.63250°E / 27.50111; 89.63250

Dechen Phrodrang meaning "Palace of Great Bliss" is a Buddhist monastery in Thimphu, Bhutan. It is located to the north of the city.

Monks at Dechen Phodrang
Monks at Dechen Phodrang

In 1971 it became a monastic school and currently it has 450 student monks enrolled in eight-year courses with a staff of 15. The monastery contains a number of important historical Bhutanese artifacts including 12th century paintings monitored by UNESCO and a noted statue of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the upper floor.[1] In the downstairs chapel, there is a central Sakyamuni Buddha.[2]


  1. ^ "Dechen Phodrang". 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Thimphu: Sights". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2008.