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Phajoding Monastery, Thimphu

#4 of 8 in Historic Sites in Thimphu District
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Phajoding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery near Thimpu in Bhutan. It was one of the richest and most decorated monasteries in the country however due to neglect, it was listed in 2010 by the World Monuments Fund as an endangered cultural monument.
Phajoding Monastery was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo (1184-1251), a Tibetan lama who spread the Drukpa Kagyu teachings of Buddhism in Bhutan. Most of the buildings at Phajoding however were constructed in 1748 by Gyelwa Shakya Rinchen (1710-1759), the 9th Je Khenpo (rje mkhan po). Today, the monastery currently houses 80 young monks.
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  • The hike up took 3 hours. It’s not technically difficult, but it’s an uphill slog for 3 hours. 2 hours to get back down. Once you get there it’s beautiful. The view over Thimpu is incredible, and the....  more »
  • This monastery requires a tough 3 hour hike up and around 2 hours down. We went in winter and it is very icey so be prepared for this and wear the right shoes! The view on the top wasn’t as good as I....  more »
  • Its a heavenly feeling. Monastic school. Great hospital. Short hikes around. Great view towards beautiful Thimphu valley
  • What a wonderful place, I visited there with my friend and it took around an hour to reach the monastery. It was very very beautiful and the view from there was wonderful. I strongly recommend the people who like trekking, can surely visit this place, it's not very far from Thimphu. There people are so good they treat you very well. I strongly recommend this place.

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