Dungkhar Ugyen Choeling Gonpa: A Temple that was Built with Gifted Stones


  • Dorji S Royal University of Bhutan
  • Dorji Phuntsho Royal University of Bhutan


History, Saints, Temple, Myths, Legends, Festivals, Culture, Tradition


Bhutan is blessed to have historically significant temples and monasteries that are centuries- old. Such religious infrastructures play a vital role in the social, religious, and cultural identities of the community around and all over Bhutan. As such, Pemagatshel has both recent and ancient Gonpas (མགོན་པ- mgon pa), which are very sacred and culturally poignant to the community though not known to many. One such is Dungkhar Gonpa which is in Khar Gewog. Therefore, this paper attempts to narrate the oral accounts of the Gonpa, its histories and anecdotes for the benefit of people with similar interests and, of course, posterity.

Author Biographies

Dorji S, Royal University of Bhutan

Dorji S is a Lecturer in History Education and former Dean of Student Affairs (DSA) of Samtse College of Education (SCE). He taught at Sherubtse College (SC) and Bajothang Higher Secondary School, and provided history curriculum support to REC and MoE. His research interest includes history education, ethnography, anthropology, happiness and well-being and curriculum and teaching & learning.

Dorji Phuntsho, Royal University of Bhutan

Dorji Phuntsho is a Assistant Lecturer in History at Sherubtse College. Prior to his current position, he had brief stint at the College of Language and Cultural Studies, Taktse, Trongsa. He graduated with Bachelors of Arts in History and Dzongkha from Sherubtse College in 2013




How to Cite

S, D. ., & Phuntsho, D. . (2021). Dungkhar Ugyen Choeling Gonpa: A Temple that was Built with Gifted Stones. Bhutan Journal of Research and Development, 9(2). Retrieved from https://bjrd.rub.edu.bt/index.php/bjrd/article/view/80