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Bhutan - Punakha Dzong Oct 2012

Punakha Dzong, 'Palace of Great Happiness', coronation site of the Bhutanese first king - image 1 of 33

Close-up of Punakha Dzong - image 2 of 33

Punakah Dzong viewed from the confluence of Pochu and Mochu rivers - image 3 of 33

V and H - image 4 of 33

Punakha Dzong from the confluence of the Pochu and Mochu rivers - image 5 of 33

V and H with Namgay, our Bhutanese guide - image 6 of 33

Old temple at the Dzong - image 7 of 33

Central building, Coronation Hall of the Dzong - image 8 of 33

Entrance to the Dzong compound - image 9 of 33

Religious motif on the wall - image 10 of 33

Old temple - image 11 of 33

Buddhist astrology - image 12 of 33

Bhutanese architecture - image 13 of 33

Painted columns and roofs in the first courtyard - image 14 of 33

Architecture of the Dzong buildings - image 15 of 33

Bhutanese decorated windows of the Coronation Building, the central hall - image 16 of 33

Close-up of the decorated windows - image 17 of 33

Decorated windows of the side building in the second courtyard - image 18 of 33

The Kuenrey, the main temple that houses the great Buddha - image 19 of 33

The Kuenrey - image 20 of 33

The side temple - image 21 of 33

Decorated windows of the side temple - image 22 of 33

Close-up of Bhutanese architecture - image 23 of 33

Windows of the side temple - image 24 of 33

More architecture - image 25 of 33

Never enough of the windows! - image 26 of 33

Decorated windows and roof - image 27 of 33

Buddhist cosmos - image 28 of 33

Stages of heavens and earth - image 29 of 33

The Wheel of Life - image 30 of 33

Just cant get enough of them! - image 31 of 33

Side view of the gorgeous Dzong - image 32 of 33

Bridge to the Dzong over the Mochu river - image 33 of 33