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Kurjey Lhakhang, Bumthang

Kurjey Lhakhang, Bumthang

Bhutan Tours - Kurjey Lhakhang

Kurjey Lhakhang is an important complex of temples begun in the 17th century and set against a hillside at 8,660 ft.  The name derives from the bodily imprint of Guru Rinpoche visible in a rock in the oldest section of the complex (kur = body; jey = print).

The complex itself consists of monks' quarters, three chortens (marking the cremation sites of the first three kings of Bhutan), and three temple buildings built in 1652, 1900, and 1984. The main picture is of the 1900 building, which was built by Bhutan's first king. A wall with 108 chortens was set around the complex by the Queen Mother when she built the 1984 structure.

Theer are some striking wall paintings (below right, for example).