Haa: Anyone visiting the Lhakhang Karpo hereafter will be mesmerised by the greenery and beautiful installations in place. Thanks to the renovation work carried out upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King and to the virtual 6th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition.
The lhakhang, the abode of the local deity, Ap Chundu is believed to have been built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo during the 7th century AD. It is said that he released two pigeons, a white and a black one from his consciousness to select the sites to build the temples in Haa. The lhakhang is located at the foothills of the three towering mountains commonly known as Rigsum Gonpo as it was where the white pigeon had landed. It hosts a statute of Tshephamey, the Buddha of Longevity as a principal deity.
The mini-park located next to the lhakhang with an area of 5.3 acres enhances the aesthetics of Lhakhang offering visitors an enjoyable nature ride and a friendly environment for monks. It is one of the major sites for RBFE.
Major parts of the park are covered with green lawns and plantations of native species. The area was a dumping yard earlier for renovation works.
A special addition is the Queen of Bhutan Rose, a new variety of rose named in honour of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen as a gift from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Bhutan in 2016.
The park also includes a 170 m footpath beautifully laid that leads to the Lhakhang Nagpo offering visitors scenic glimpses of the landscapes, flowers and lawns.
A fruit orchard has also been developed planting seven varieties of fruits that symbolises the sacred number of Ap Chundu. Further, the outdoor gym and its surrounding areas were enhanced to encourage a healthier lifestyle among monks.
The site was developed by the Royal Project Coordination Office, Haa Dzongkhag Administration and Haa Dratshang. It will be managed by Haa Dratshang as a significant legacy of the exhibition.
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