The 400-year-old Chari Monastery in Thimphu is undergoing a major restoration. Considering Loo-nag or inauspicious years in 2024 and 2025, the Laytshog Lopen of the Central Monastic Body consecrated the monastery today. Chari Monastery was founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620.
The restoration of Chari Monastery started in March 2016.
According to the Department of Culture and Dzongkha Development, almost all the works including the construction of Drasha and Utse have been completed. However, the final phase of the Chari Goenpa Restoration Project is expected to be completed by June next year.
“The restoration project was initiated in three phases. So far, we have completed the construction of Drasha and Utse. While carrying out the works, our department preserved the essence of the former architectural style. Moreover, we have installed fire alarms for safety reasons,” said Kinzang Dorji, Project Manager of the Department of Culture and Dzongkha Development.
The Chari monastery today serves as the Central Drubdey or a retreat centre for the graduates of Dorden Tashithang Buddhist University and monks of the Central Monastic Body.
“In the past, when there were risks of the main relics getting damaged and when landslides occurred, His Holiness the late Je Khenpo Jetsun Tenzin Dhoendup who then lived here had taken care of the situation. Now, their majesties, the Royal Family and the government have been supporting us by providing better facilities and making everything convenient and comfortable,” said Ugyen Dorji, Principal of Chari Monastery.
The total cost of the project is Nu 297 M. It is funded by the government.