View to Punakha Dzong
Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.
This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you as we shelter in place.
June 15th, 2020
Punakha Dzong sits at the confluence of the Mo and Pho rivers flowing south through Bhutan to the Brahmaputra. Built in the 1630s, the complex is an example of fortress architecture and was formerly the capital of Bhutan.
In the centuries since it was built, there have been numerous fires, earthquakes and floods at the site but the structure remains today as the administrative center of Punakha. All the kings of Bhutan (including the 5th and current king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) were coronated here.
In this photo (taken on a different day in Punakha), you can see monks gathering on the side of the dzong and better understand the vast scale of the six-story complex. The battered walls angle up to the beautifully tiered rooftops resting on each articulation of the building. The profile of Punakha Dzong matches the hillside behind, rising highest at the north end. The whole composition feels perfectly balanced.
Tomorrow we’ll explore inside.