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Old lama / Jampa Lhakang is the most ancient in Bumthang, founded in the C7th CE by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
It is said that Padmasambhava (known in Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche) gave teachings to the local king in the C8th CE
from the temple roof. The lhakang contains several separate buildings.
Besides the religious aspects, the festival has all the attributes of a medieval fair - a large collection of tented stalls
containing shops, restaurants & games of chance & skill. This is very popular with local people. The festival is the
major social event for the area around Jakar, the capital of Bumthang.
Jampa Lhakang is located in the Chokhor valley
Kurjey Lhakang, one of the most sacred of the temples in Bumthang. In one of the temples there is
the imprint of Guru Rinpoche's body in the rock in a cave he meditated in.
Kurjey Lhakang from Tamzhing Lhundrup Choling across the valley on the east side.
Mebartsho (Burning Lake). Here in 1475 CE, Pema Lingpa the famous terton (finder of ancient teachings & relics) publicly
plunged into the lake's depths carrying a burning lamp. He re-emerged carrying religious treasures with the lamp still burning.
Painted rock carvings of Pema Ligpa & his two sons above the gorge
Ripe buckwheat / White, red & orange chillies drying in the sun, a sight found all over Bhutan
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