Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery
Bhutan is one of the most peaceful and pleasant places on earth not only because of its matchless natural beauty but also for its respect for Buddhist religion and vibrant culture. Amongest the number of mesmerizing monasteries and temples housed in the country, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang is a place that has been holding its fine designs and conventions since ages. Resting amidst rich pine forest, the Lhakhang presents an awe-inspiring scenery of the majestic Punakha – Wangduephodrang Valley.
Being the home to a 14-feet tall bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig Chagtong Chentong), Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang is one of the most sacred places in Bhutan that attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Lhakhang is a two-story temple with the admirable artistry where live hundreds of nuns. The lives of these nuns are being flowered not only through the attainment of spirituality but also via various interesting courses and co-curricular activities such as language, tailoring, embroidery, sculpture art, and the renowned thangka painting.
Apart from the gigantic bronze statue, visitors come across various other statues including that of Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tesla Namsum, Guru Padmasambhava, the 22 Taras, and Tsepamay (aka Buddha of Longevity). Besides, the golden Chorten atop the Lhakhang resembles the Boudhanath Stupa of Nepal. The magnificent carvings on the black marble outside the Lhakhang represent the 16 Arhats, 84 Mahasiddhas, and the lives of great lamas of Drukpa Kagyu lineage. Undoubtedly, this Lhakhang is a must-visit place as the delightful insights of the nunnery and meditative ambiance will provide you with the serenity you seek.