Thruepang Palace

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Thruepang Palace is a royal dzong (a form of fortress) in Trongsa District, Bhutan. The royal government of Bhutan considers it to be a historic building. [1]

Dzong architecture kind of fortress

Dzong architecture is a distinctive type of fortress architecture found mainly in Bhutan and Tibetan areas of China. The architecture is massive in style with towering exterior walls surrounding a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and monks' accommodation.

Trongsa District dzongkhag

Trongsa District is one of the districts of Bhutan. It is the most central district of Bhutan and the geographic centre of Bhutan is located within it at Trongsa Dzong.

Bhutan Landlocked kingdom in Eastern Himalayas

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, the Arunachal Pradesh state of India in the east, and the states of Assam and West Bengal in the south. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region's second least populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.



Early history

Located on the hillside, the palace was considered crucial in establishing control in the early days of the kingdom. [2]

The dzong (fortress) portion was constructed in 1648. The first and second kings used the fortress to rule the kingdom from this crucial position.

Modern history

It is the birthplace of the third Druk Gyalpo (King) Jigme Dorji Wangchuck of Bhutan in 1928. [3] He spent is early days growing up in the palace.

Druk Gyalpo head of state of Bhutan

The Druk Gyalpo is the head of state of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In the Dzongkha language, Bhutan is known as Drukyul which translates as "The Land of the Thunder Dragon". Thus, while Kings of Bhutan are known as Druk Gyalpo, the Bhutanese people call themselves the Drukpa, meaning "Dragon people".

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck King of Bhutan

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck was the Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan.

This was a secondary resident and served as a, but not main, royal palace for the second Druk Gyalpo (king) Jigme Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Puntsho Choden. [4] The Trhruepang Palace currently is still in use as a winter royal palace for the current king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. [5]

Jigme Wangchuck King of Bhutan

Jigme Wangchuck was the Druk Gyalpo or king of Bhutan from 21 August 1926, until his death. He was the eldest son of King Ugyen Wangchuck and was educated in English, Hindi and Buddhist literature.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck King of Bhutan

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, born 21 February 1980, is the current reigning Druk Gyalpo or "Dragon King" of the Kingdom of Bhutan. After his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicated the throne in his favour, he became King on 9 December 2006. A public coronation ceremony was held on 6 November 2008, an auspicious year that marked 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan.

It is customary that any and future kings of Bhutan to serve as governor of the village, with his residence in the palace, before ascension to the throne. [6]



The dzong is located on the hillside overlooking the village of Thruepang within the Nubi gewog village block in the district of Trongsa. Not far from the palace is the local market place. [7] The palace sits upon a hill that leads straight to the Thruepang village.

Nubi Gewog Gewog in Trongsa District, Bhutan

Nubi Gewog is a gewog of Trongsa District, Bhutan.

Gewogs of Bhutan

A gewog, in the past also spelled as geog, refers to a group of villages in Bhutan. The head of a gewog is called a gup. Gewogs form a geographic administrative unit below dzongkhag districts, and above Dzongkhag Thromde class B and Yenlag Thromde municipalities. Dzongkhag Thromde class A municipalities have their own independent local government body.

Travel from the capital Thimpu requires 192 kilometers of travel and 8 hours of time. [8]


The palace largely can be attributed a large house rather than a full scale palace. There are 2 stories palace that sits on 10 acres of land.


Tschechu is a religious festival that brings people from all walks of life to Trongska. This festival, the one hosted here, also honors the establishment of the roots of the kingdom by the first and second kings of Bhutan. Dates of the event occurs on the tenth day of a month (not specified) of the Tibetan calendar. In 2011, the event occurred on January 2 to January 4. [9]

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