Every Bhutanese will remember this unfortunate day…it is the day when one of our histories got burnt to ashes. It is really heart breaking news. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1638. The moment I heard about the news, my heart just sank…I hoped it to be a rumor but sadly it was an unfortunate fact. The location of the Dzong, which once proved to be a safe place, especially during the wars, now turned out to be a hindrance for the fire fighters. As I write this article the fire is still destroying the remaining part of the Dzong.
|Picture I took of the Dzong in September 2010, obviously before the fire|
I am sure the Dzong will be rebuilt, but to me, the Dzong that’s been burnt can never be replaced because it’s the structure that will be rebuilt but now the history sadly changes…so it is really breaking my heart. The only good news is the important religious texts were not destroyed in the fire.
Here are some of the pictures that were taken by some of the witnesses. I took it from facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/111684952250172/)