Phajoding Monastery

Phajoding Monastery
AffiliationTibetan Buddhism
27°29′21″N 89°34′20″E / 27.4892026°N 89.5723566°E / 27.4892026; 89.5723566Coordinates: 27°29′21″N 89°34′20″E / 27.4892026°N 89.5723566°E / 27.4892026; 89.5723566

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.[1]

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.[2] Most of the buildings at Phajoding however were constructed in 1748 by Gyelwa Shakya Rinchen (1710-1759), the 9th Je Khenpo (rje mkhan po).[1] Today, the monastery currently houses 80 young monks.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Phajoding monastery". Times of India Travel. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Significance of the Birth of The Prince His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck – KuenselOnline". Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ "My paradise: Discovering The Land of Happiness | Stripes Okinawa". 8 March 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.

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