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Kyichu Lhakhang || Kichu or Kyerchu

Kyichu Lhakhang is believed to be one of the 108 temples constructed in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. These temples were built to subdue a supine Ogress that hindered the spread of Buddhism in the Himalayas. Kyichu is among the 12 main temples of the 108 and houses the original 7th-century Jowo Jamba Statue, along with eight standing bodhisattvas and statues of Zhabdrung, Guru Rinpoche, and Chenrizig with 11 heads and 1000 arms. Adjacent to Jowo Lhakhang is Guru Lhakhang, constructed by Queen Mother Ashi Kesang Wangchuk in 1971, featuring a principal 5-meter statue of Guru Rinpoche.