Kyichu Lhakhang

Landmark in Bhutan

Kyichu Lhakhang location is in the north of Paro town. It is one of the ancient, quiet and beautiful temples in Bhutan. It also goes by the names Lho Kyerchu or Kyerchu, and it is considered to be the sacred Jewel of Bhutan. The temple was established by the Buddhist King Songstsen Gampo of Tibet to overcome the giant ogress that laid across Tibet and Himalayas preventing the spread of Buddhism. The king is believed to have built the temple at the left foot of the enormous ogress. Kyichu Lhakhang was among the 12 temples out of the 108 temples that had been constructed on definite plans in the seventeenth century. The temple's construction was done overnight. Kyichu Lhakhang was initially small in size but after multiple visits over the years by the Buddhist saints, the temple expanded both in grandeur and size.
 
In the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava was believed to have visited the Kyichu Lhakhang and hidden a variety of treasures in the temple. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal took over the temple in 1674. The temple was later reconstructed in the year 1836-1838 by the 25th Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen. In 1968, a new structure of the temple was built and named Guru Lhakang. The extension was made by the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck. Other Buddhist Saint that visited Kyichu Lhakhang temple for prayers also created an impact by expanding the temple. The prominent Buddhist saints were Phajo Dugom Zhigpo, Lam Kha Nga and Guru Rinpoche and many more in the 8th century.
 
What you can find in Kyichu Lhakhang
 
As one walks toward Kyichu Lhakhang, the environment is quiet and serene. An ancient monastery is a fantastic place that you will find elderly pilgrims that are often walking around the temple as they spin the prayers wheels. Inside the inner courtyard, there is a painting of the King named Gesar of Ling on the wall just near the entrance. The king was a renowned warrior in Tibet, and his epic poem is the longest in the world according to the history.
 
The Kyichu Lhakang conceals the statue of Jowo Jamba originally from the 7th century. The icon is one of the greatest treasure of the valley. There is also another statue of Chenrezig outside the shrine that has 1000arms and 11 heads. There is the wooden floor that has grooves worn by the generations of prostrators. The main entrance door is coated with gold. Kyichu Lhakhang holds ancient relics and the floor of the main temple constructed with wood decorated with turquoise and other precious stones and gems.
 
The structure next to Kyichu Lhakhang is the Guru Lhakhang which consists of Kurukulla and 5-meter high statue of Guru Rinpoche holding an arrow made of flowers and a bow. On the outside of the temple, there are two orange trees that bear fruits throughout the year. There is also monk houses, prayer wheels, Lenza script on tiny prayer wheels.
 
Kyichu Lhakhang is a place of art and culture that is very important to historians, art connoisseurs and visitors all around the globe. The oldest monastery is an incredible place for a visit.

Travel Packages

14th Nov 2019 - 16th Nov 2019
10 Day Bhutan Walking Day Tour with Druk Asia
22nd Nov 2018 - 26th Nov 2018
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, and home to Buddhist monasteries in a 10-day tour of this Himalayan kingdom.
Attend the Padtshelling Kuchey and witness the celebration of the festival at Padtshelling Monastery in Bumthang.
8th Nov 2019
Jambay lhakhang is located in Bumthang and is situated on the way to the Kurjie Lhakhang. It’s a ten minutes drive to the temple from the Chamkhar town.
The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas its isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy.
A journey of moral significance through 7 days pilgrimage tour in Bhutan.
19th Apr 2019 - 21st Apr 2019
The point when you step out of Paro Airport, will be the start of the 7 Days Cultural Tour that gives you a complete idea of Bhutan.

Hotels around Paro

Uma Paro offers exceptional style in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, reflecting an understated philosophy of quiet comfort.
Udumwara is brand new 4 stars hotel located on Paro Valley. It offers some luxury for travelers who are conscious of price.
Built over a hundred years ago, Gangtey Palace is a charming hotel surrounded by the beautiful Paro valley.