Bhutanese architectural forms

  1. Chorten – It represents the Buddha’s mind and is erected in memory of an eminent lama or to ward off evil spirits.
  2. Lhakhang – Temples which are fairly small buildings distinguished by a red band painted on the upper walls and an ornament of gilded copper on the roof.
  3. Gonpa – Monasteries that can be divided into “cluster” type and “dzong” type.
  4. Dzong – Bhutanese fortresses that are built on strategic locations.

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