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Punakha Dzong || Pungthang Dechen Phodrang

Punakha Dzong is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country, especially in spring. Punakha Dzong also known as Pungthang Dechhen Phodrang(-˜The Palace of Great Happiness') located at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chhu rivers was built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal in 1637. All of Bhutan's kings have been crowned here.The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal . Punakha Dzong is 180m long and 72m wide and the utse (central tower) is six storeys high.
.On 17th Dec, 1907 Ugyen Wangchuk was crowned here as the first King of Bhutan and on 13th Oct, 2011 the wedding of the 5th King, Jigme Kesar Namgyal Wangchuk and Jetsun Pema was held here.