Dechen Phodrang Monastery

Dechen Phodrang Monastery
Dechen Phodrang monastic school, Thimphu.jpg
Dechen Phodrang monastic school
AffiliationTibetan Buddhism
LocationThimphu, Bhutan
Dechen Phodrang Monastery is located in Bhutan
Dechen Phodrang Monastery
Location within Bhutan
Geographic coordinates27°30′4″N 89°37′57″E / 27.50111°N 89.63250°E / 27.50111; 89.63250Coordinates: 27°30′4″N 89°37′57″E / 27.50111°N 89.63250°E / 27.50111; 89.63250
FounderGyelwa Lhanangpa [1]

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, called a lobra, 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.[2] In the downstairs chapel, there is a central Sakyamuni Buddha.[3]


  1. ^ "Dechen Phodrang Monastery, Thimphu, Bhutan".
  2. ^ "Dechen Phodrang". 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Thimphu: Sights". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2008.

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