Kyecham Phole Mole ( Dance of Noblemen and Ladies)

Primarily an entertainment, this dance is based on an Indian myth and throws light on love and burning jealousy - various emotions - that afflict people of all kinds. The moral is that love can bring happiness but it also sows seeds of jealousy and brews feud and hatred among couples, friends and neighbours. Once the mind is trained with jealousy, one becomes blind to all forms of goodness.

Congregation Hall

The grand Kuenrey (Congregation Hall) features 12 thirty-foot Cyprus pillars adorned in gilded brass plates embossed with elaborate religious sculpture. In the Kuenrey sits the main 35-foot image of Buddha Shakyamuni, crafted out of a mixture of five Menjim (precious substances)

Folk Dance & Music

Folk dances and songs are performed during Tshechu as interlude in between the mask dances. The music of Bhutan is an integral part of its culture and plays a leading role in transmitting social values. Traditional Bhutanese music includes a spectrum of subgenres, ranging from folk to religious song and music.Some genres of traditional Bhutanese music intertwine vocals, instrumentation, and theatre and dance, while others are mainly vocal or instrumental. The much older traditional genres are distinguished from modern popular music such as rigsar.

The Tiger’s Lair

The legend of Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair) evolved from 747 AD when Guru Padmasambhava chose a cave on a sheer rockface to meditate and, assuming a wrathful form, Guru Dorji Drolo, astride a tigress, subdued the evil spirits in the locality. Taktshang thus became one of the most important Buddhist monuments in the Himalayan Buddhist world.

Drukgel Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong had three prominent towers each fortified by a mud wall with holes for the use of bows, arrows and muskets. The towers guarded the approach into Paro valley from the north. A unique feature is a passage that links the fortress with the bank of the river, used during times of war, and a false entrance which lured the unsuspecting intruder into a closed courtyard where the enemy could be ambushed. In 1951, the Dzong was destroyed by fire. As a defence fortress, it housed the best armoury in the country.

 

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