The wall

The Trongsa Dzong has a wall that seems to be perpetually wet – any one know why?


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  1. It is hard to say exactly what building conservation issue is happening without a larger, closer view of the wall. If this part of the wall had been patched with modern cement (or cement-based plaster), the cement would have different properties to the original building material and would therefore behave differently. A cement coating is non-porous and traps moisture behind the whitewash. Eventually, moisture builds up and it will evaporate out, taking the white surface with it. Can’t be 100% certain from your photo, though.
    P.S. Trongsa Dzong is so awesome!

  2. The traditional believe is that there is sacred lake of the diety Palden Lhamo within the walls of the Dzong.

    A closer technical search will lead to leakage either from the roof top or the sub-surface flow seepage of the hillock wherever walls are lower than the natural hillock mounts. The entire structure of Trongsa Chokhor Rabtentse Dzong is built with the natrual landscape of the small ridge.

    Third possibility if the wall shown in the picture is of “Sanggu”, the upper most block of the dzong where the Rabdey monks reside, the seepage of the water supply provided inside the dzong.

  3. With a closer look, it is now noted that the dampened wall is the wall to the entrance of the “Sanggu”. This for sure is the water seppage into the wall from the water supply at Sanggu. Intially there was no water supply inside the dzong. It was during Dzongda Pasang Wangdi’s time in early 1980s that water supply was introduced inside the dzong. The water seppage cost heavily on the government to repair the part of the Sanggu towards (Newlee Gang) Langjopang view point after few years of introducing the water supply. The part of the dampened wall was also renovated few years back under the Austrian government assistance. Something needs to be done quickly before the damage become serious.

    OL, please convey this observation to the government as a contribution on your part….you have made an important observation!

  4. so, it is OL’s first trip to central and east in preparation for 2013!…All the best!!!

  5. lol,,,, sacred lake within the wall,, that is funny. Sometimes people cook story our for some traditional stuffs. I think there is nothing to deal with the lake in the wall or traditional mud walls; I think there is some water leakages,,,,,,,just my thinking. (May be monks must be peeing,,,,,lol,,,just kidding).
    Lyonpo Tshering, you are awesome with your hard works. As you are visiting remotest villages of Bhutan, please visit to my village (Shingkhar lauri) too. Last time, I heard that our king was visiting remotest parts of Bhutan, but I didn’t see my village’s name on the kuensel online. So, I am just wondering if the king has visited Shingkhar Lauri at all, and if my villagers have ever seen the king in real.

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