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Inside Spectacular Punakha Dzong
- taliaday, CNN iReport producer
A dzong differs from a monastery in that it serves as both a monastery and as administration for the local government.
Structurally, a dzong is designed as a fortress; towering exterior walls surround a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices and housing for the monks.
Bhutan has a national program that dictates that all structures incorporate traditional Bhutanese arts into the design and Punakha is a stellar example of this. Strikingly beautiful handcarved and hand decorated woodwork and decorations adorn every façade of the buildings in the dzong. I just marveled at the detail of the handiwork - it is truly stunning!
Inside one of the buildings, we happened upon a small group of young monks who were creating altar decorations which we found out were being molded from colored butter.
I had the great fortune to visit Bhutan in 2010. I was so blown away by what I saw in Punakha that I decided to capture pretty much every step I took so I would have a permanent reminder of my visit to this very special place. Image #10 is a compilation of some of the video that I took.