Drukgyal Dzong

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Drugyel Dzong
Ruins of Drukgyal Dzong
Ruins of Drukgyal Dzong
Drugyel Dzong is located in Bhutan
Drugyel Dzong
Drugyel Dzong
Location in Bhutan
Coordinates: 27°30′11″N 89°19′21″E / 27.50306°N 89.32250°E / 27.50306; 89.32250Coordinates: 27°30′11″N 89°19′21″E / 27.50306°N 89.32250°E / 27.50306; 89.32250
Country Flag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan
District Paro District
Time zone BTT (UTC+6)

Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.

In the early 1950s, Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

In 2016, to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, as well as to commemorate two other significant events, namely, the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to Bhutan in 1616 AD and the birth year of Guru Rinpoche, the Prime Minister Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay announced that the Dzong will be rebuilt and reinstated to its former glory. The announcement and ground breaking ceremony took place a day after the Prince was born.[1]


  • Lopen Kunzang Thinley; Khenpo Rigzin Wangchuck; Karma Wangdi; Sonam Tenzin (2008). Seeds of Faith: a comprehensive guide to the sacred places of Bhutan, Volume 1. Thimphu: KMT Press. p. 140. ISBN 99936-22-42-7. 

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