Ta Dzong Museum
Appreciate Bhutanese architecture, art, and rare artefacts at the Ta Dzong Museum.
Ta Dzong, which means “watchtower” was built in 1652 by the first governor of Trongsa — Choeje Minjur Tenpa. Before, it functioned as a tower guard to protect the town’s main stronghold from any external threats but has since lost this military function since peace reigned in the country. Today, Ta Dzong has two temples: one dedicated to the legendary Gesar of Ling and another dedicated to Maitreya (Jampa) — considered as the next age’s Buddha. Tourists can explore the two temples’ chambers dedicated to their respective tutelary gods and a great tri-dimensional mandala dedicated to Gesar, which was built in 1975 at the advice of great master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Aside from the two temples, guests can also visit the museum and its 11 galleries, each dedicated to different aspects of Bhutanese history, culture, and art. Ta Dzong also holds important social and cultural functions, such as playing a role in organising a Nyungne (snyung gnas) or meditation practice held during the first month of every year and dedicated for the well-being of all sentient beings.
Ta Dzong is located above the Trongsa Dzong, in Paro-Samdrupjongkhar Road, Trongsa.
Opening Days and Hours
Ta Dzong is open every Monday to Saturday, from 09:00 to 17:00 during the months of April to May, and from 10:00 to 16:00 during the months of November to March.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee is BTN 200 (USD 3) per person.
How to Get There
- You can fly into Bhutan via the country’s sole international airport in Paro.
- From Paro, you can either rent a car or ride a bus to Trongsa. You can then travel to Ta Dzong via a rented car or motorbike.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can explore the attraction in 2 to 3 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
You can visit the temples and the museum at any time of the day.
You can visit Ta Dzong’s two temples:
- Temple dedicated to Gesar of Ling
- Temple dedicated to Maitreya (Jampa)
Visit the museum’s various galleries:
- History of the Wangchuck Dynasty Kings
- History and religious significance of Trongsa Dzong
- The First King’s Robes, Raven Crown, swords of the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyel and the Third King
You can enjoy Bhutanese food in three restaurants near Ta Dzong, namely Tashi Ninjay Guest House, Norling Restaurant, and Trowa Restaurant.
- Tongsa Dzong
- Thruepang Palace
Only one hotel can be found near Ta Dzong, the Yangkhil Resort, which costs around USD 46 to USD 74 per night.