Trashigang Dzong Conservation Project

Trashigang Dzong built in 1659, is one of the Dzongs prophesized by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the founder of Bhutan and played instrumental role in the unification of eastern Bhutan. It also defended external invasion from Tibet. Presently the Dzong is used as the seat for Rabdey and Administration of Trashigang Dzongkhag.
Old photograph of the Dzong
Trashigang Dzong suffered structural damages in the eastern and northern side after the earthquake of September 2009. Minor repair works have been executed on the site after the earthquake, which has not been able to consolidate the major damaged parts. Major consolidation to the structure was found necessary and therefore the conservation project was started in the beginning of 11th FYP.
View of Trashigang Dzong from the archeological site of Ta Dzong
Project Objectives:
  1. To consolidate the Dzong structure while maintaining the heritage values associated with these important heritage sites.
  1. To create better conditions for the Dzong residents (the district administrative officers and the Rabdey monks) and visitors by incorporating appropriate facilities as per modern working and living standards.
Activities of Trashigang Dzong Conservation Project
  1. Historical research of the Dzong.
  2. Conservation and rehabilitation of existing Dzong structure (total plinth area of 1780 sq. meters).
  3. Construction of a two storey dormitory to accommodate 50 monks with dining hall, kitchen, toilet and bathroom facilities with estimated plinth area of 550 square meters.
  4. Disaster risk mitigation measures
  5. Site Development of the Dzong.
  6. Publication of the Trashigang Dzong Conservation Project report.
Funding Agency:
The Government of India
Total Budget:
Nu. 227.50 million in 11th Five Year Plan
Nu. 10 million in 10th Five Year Plan
Expenditure till date:
Nu. 159.98 million (January, 2017)
Duration of the Project:
February 2014 – June 2018
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