Dechen Phodrang Monastery

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Coordinates: 27°30′4″N 89°37′57″E / 27.50111°N 89.63250°E / 27.50111; 89.63250

Dechen Phodrang Monastery
Dechen Phodrang monastic school, Thimphu.jpg
Dechen Phodrang monastic school
Dechen Phodrang Monastery is located in Bhutan
Dechen Phodrang Monastery
Dechen Phodrang Monastery
Location within Bhutan
Coordinates 27°30′4″N 89°37′57″E / 27.50111°N 89.63250°E / 27.50111; 89.63250
Monastery information
Location Thimphu, Bhutan
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Number of monks 450

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dechen Phodrang". Windhorsetours.com. 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Thimphu: Sights". Lonely Planet. Retrieved November 4, 2008.