Dechen Phodrang Monastery

Dechen Phodrang Monastery
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; 89.63250
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 lobdra, 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. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. 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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