Jambey Lhakhang


Jampa Lhakhang, built by a Tibetan King is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Considered one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Jampa Lhakhang was built by a Tibetan King. As per the historical accounts, the king is said to have built 108 temples in one day across modern day Tibet, Bhutan and some region of Northern India. The task was carried out to subdue an evil ogress who was believed to have thwarted the spread of Buddhism. Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro and Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang are believed to be part of the 108 temples built by the King.

Jampa Lhakhang is located in Bumthang valley. In 1885, Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck, the first King of Bhutan constructed a Kalachakra – wheel of time in the temple to commemorate the victory over what is considered the last significant civil war in the history of Bhutan, the battle of Changlimithang. The name Jampa Lhakhang is derived from the temple’s main relic, Jowo Jampa.