Semtokha Dzong

Semtokha dzong

The last “Big picture” was of the Semtokha Dzong. Yeshey Dorji, who constributed the picture, has asked me to announce that Kintoen was the first to answer correctly. Kintoen: please contact me by email to collect your prize, lunch at the Musk. The photograph and prize are sponsored by Yeshey Dorji.

My favourite feature of the Semtokha Dzong is the roof. The main structure has a gradually sloping roof that is unique in its simplicity. But in 2003, the old roof was replaced in favour of a jamtho and serto, the elaborate golden pinnacle that adorns all the other dzongs and many lhakhangs. Thankfully, the government quickly realized and corrected the mistake. And by 2008, the roof had been reconstructed to its original simplicity.

Kintoen: congratulations! Yeshey: I thank you very much.