Chari Goenpa is the first sacred place for Drukpa Kagyud visited by Phajo Drugom Zhipo in the 13th century. The Monastery was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620 and it has the Ku-dhung Choeten of Zhabdrung’s father Yab Tenpai Nima as the main nangten.
Restoration of Chari Goenpa is undertaken by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs as part of the 11th FYP program and as a spill over program in the 12th FYP with total estimated cost of Nu. 217.9 million and it is funded by the Royal Government of Bhutan. The restoration work was started in March, 2016 and is proposed to be completed by December, 2021. The project is being implemented under the benevolent guidance and blessing of Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdoen Wangchuck.
The restoration works mainly includes the following major works:
- Reconstruction of the Sha-khor (Drasha), Changzho lhakhang, the entrance structure and the structure used as Mithub (adjacent to the entrance)
- Major renovation (partial reconstruction) of the Utse
- Renovation of Dhoe-tuel lhakhang (Lamai Lhakhang) and Je-zimchung
2. Current status
The Project has completed the following works:
- Reconstruction of Drasha
- Reconstruction of the entrance structures (two structures)
- Reconstruction of Chang-zoe lhakhang
The project is currently working renovation of the Utse.