According to the local fiction, the Dungtse Lhakhang is a Buddhist temple in western Bhutan. It was built in 1421 by the glorified soul Thangtong Gyalpo to overcome a “serpentine force” that is located on the circumference of the cliff between the Dopchari valley and the Paro valley, across the bridge from Paro. This building was restored in 1841 by Sherab Gyltshen who was the 25th Chief Abbot of Bhutan. The shrine stands at the repository of Drukpa Kagyu School against the brown hilly background. According to a Bhutanese, it looks like a frog and was built on the nose of the hill. It is also rumored that the hill, by which the temple is built, is a black venomous snake moving downwards. The cloister contains a few beautiful Buddhist paintings and iconographies. It is a three-story temple, with each story delineating earth, hell, and heaven respectively. It has a rich history and fascinating architecture to attract travelers. Dumtseg Lhakhang is a place not to be missed to visit in Paro.
The Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang is perched at an altitude of 2285 meters with its outstanding Golden Chorten peak in the shape of an umbrella. This is one of the utmost architectonic in Bhutan. Chorten is a Tibetan term meaning “Stupa” and is a remarkable religious structure to represent the presence of Lord Buddha. This Chorten like the temple is said to be on the head of Satan who was causing problems for the occupants. This temple is a glaring arsenal of Kagyu Lineage arts and the paintings highlighting or focusing the stages of Buddhist philosophy. Photography is prohibited in the shrine.
Dungste Lhakhang Timings: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Dungste Lhakhang Entry Fees: Nil