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One of the most visible characteristics of Bhutan are dzongs. The word meaning fortress in Tibetan are military castles as well as adinistrative centers. They are strategically placed by the river side, sometimes high on hilltops, for enhanced control of the region especially during war times.
Punakha dzong is the second czong of Bhutan. It was built in 1637. It is 180 mt long and 70 mt wide. It is still the main winter palace of Central Monk Body. Punakha Dzong is unique because it has three docheys (courtyards) as opposed to the the usual two in other dzongs. Administrative quarters, monastic quarters and an "extra" courtyard where remains of tantric lamas (tentrons) and holy figures from 17th century are preserved.

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