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Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

Standing proudly and conspicuously, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong sits atop a ridge between the Punaktsang Chhu and Dang Chhu. This vantage location serves as an ideal viewing point to monitor and control the activities at the routes to Trongsa, Punakha, Dagana, and Thimphu.

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was constructed in 1638, pursuant to the order of Ngawang Namgyal, the 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche. The name Wangdue is believed to have been taken from a boy whom Ngawang Namgyal had a conversation with near the bank of the river adjacent to the site. Legend says that the spot was chosen through the advice of an old man, Yeshey Goempo to Ngawang Namgyal that if he built a dzong in that place, he would unify the people. A singular incident where 4 ravines were seen flying toward the ridge and then left in 4 separate directions was taken as a sign to commence the construction of the dzong. Unfortunately, the dzong burnt down in June of 2012. The reconstruction effort is currently ongoing with the completion pegged in 2021.



The Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is located in Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan.


Opening Days and Hours

Currently closed.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance is free.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Bhutan via Bhutan Airlines or Druk Air.
  • From the airport, board a rented taxi to Wangdue Phodrang.
  • Take a taxi to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

To be determined.



Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria and Lobesa Village Restaurant are some of the dining options near Wagdue Phodrang Dzong.



Nearby Attractions

  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Jigme Dorji National Park
  • Pelela



For accommodations, you can avail one from Punatshangchhu Cottages, Dragon’s Nest Resort, Hotel Dekiling, Kingaling Hotel, and Hotel Perna Karpo. Rates range from USD 70 to USD 250.

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