KYICHU TEMPLES - BHUTAN
Kyichu Lhakhang ( means temple ) consists of twin temples. In the seventh century an event occurred that was decisive for Bhutan’s history: the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (619-649) erected the first Buddhist temples, the Kyichu-Lhakhang in Paro and the Jampe-Lhakhang in Bumthang. In 1968, H. M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, arranged for a second temple to be built alongside the first one, in same style. The Temple of Kyichu in the Paro valley is one of the most important shrines of Bhutan and the most sacred place for local people. It is an important place of pilgrimage and of ceremonies for the royal family.