A sacred and revered space
Balanced on a spur amongst pine trees, boasting breathtaking views of the Punakha Valley, gleams the magnificent structure of the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery. Steeped in tradition and culture, this temple houses a 4.2 m (14 ft) bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara, made by local Bhutanese artisans. Other sacred statues include those of The Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, and the 21 Taras.
Constructed as a Buddhist College, the temple complex houses 120 nuns and is a permanent school of higher learning and a meditation centre. Apart from religious training, the nunnery also provides vocational training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thangka painting.