The palace was built by the first king?s grand father-in-law Trongsa Penlop Ugyen Phuntsho (father of Jigme Namgyel's wife) in 1830?s or 40's. Presently the palace is used as a residence by the Penlop's great great grand daughter, Ashi Kelsang. It also houses about 150 monks who are sponsored by them.
The Palace is no different from the rest of the traditional structures in the country, with an exquisite architecture and its interior design like that of the Dzongs.
With its warmer, more temperate climate the valley of Mangdelung, where the palace is located, provided a welcome relief from the harsh winters of Bumthang. The 2nd king, at various points in this extensive, well cultivated valley built no less than three residences.
Although the palace is not open to tourists at present, there are plans for this great mansion to be unbolted soon
Really appreciate YANA's professional organization of the entire trip. Could not imagine how a trekking trip could such be well organized - more or less like a 5-star hotel with the only difference of we were at more than 3,000 above sea level. Special thanks to Yeshey and the chef who had given tons of assistance when I was descending due to attitude sickness. - Simon Liu, Hong Kong