Drukgyal Dzong

Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.

Drugyel Dzong
Drukgyal Dzong after restoration
Drukgyal Dzong after restoration
Drugyel Dzong is located in Bhutan
Drugyel Dzong
Drugyel Dzong
Location in Bhutan
Coordinates: 27°30′11″N 89°19′21″E / 27.50306°N 89.32250°E / 27.50306; 89.32250Coordinates: 27°30′11″N 89°19′21″E / 27.50306°N 89.32250°E / 27.50306; 89.32250
CountryFlag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan
DistrictParo District
Time zoneUTC+6 (BTT)

In the early 1950s, Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

In 2016, to celebrate the birth of The Gyalsey, as well as to commemorate two other significant events, namely, the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to Bhutan in 1616 AD and the birth year of Guru Rinpoche, the Prime Minister Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay announced that the Dzong will be rebuilt and reinstated to its former glory. The announcement and ground breaking ceremony took place a day after the Prince was born.[1]


  1. ^ "Drukyul's victory rises to the Gyalsey".
  • Lopen Kunzang Thinley; Khenpo Rigzin Wangchuck; Karma Wangdi; Sonam Tenzin (2008). Seeds of Faith: a comprehensive guide to the sacred places of Bhutan, Volume 1. Thimphu: KMT Press. p. 140. ISBN 978-99936-22-42-0.

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