Photographer's Note

This is Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century and the administrative and religious center of Paro district in western Bhutan. I took this photo from the bridge I showed in my last post.

There is a dzong similar to this in almost every district of Bhutan. They contain the offices of the local administration and the district's most important monastery and temple. Usually the district court can also be found in the dzong. In Bhutan politics and religion are closely intertwined, so having civilian bureaucrats and monks working side by side is perfectly natural.

Some scenes in the 1993 film Little Buddha, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, were shot inside Rinpung Dzong. The bridge seen in my last photo also featured in that Oscar winning movie. You can enter the courtyard of this magnificent complex if you drag the little yellow Google man to the coordinates 27.42694 89.42294.

The building seen further up the hill is Ta Dzong, a former watchtower built in 1649 and since 1968 housing the National Museum of Bhutan,

A third dzong on another hillside outside Paro can be seen in the workshop. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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