Ogyen Choling Palace Museum

Ogyen Choling Palace Museum

Ogyen Choling Palace Museum
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Richard P
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
The Ogyen Choling Heritage House and Museum are located in the beautiful Tang Valley, about a 1-hour drive from Jakar, Bumthang in Central Bhutan. While the Heritage House has excellent guest accommodation, we were staying in Jakar but enjoyed a wonderful lunch overlooking the gardens of the house.
Our main highlight was the Ogyen Choling Museum, established by the descendants of the ancient and religiously significant Ogyen Choling nagtshang. This building was reconstructed after the 1897 earthquake and is regarded as the most realistic representation of the living conditions of the Bhutanese religious nobility in the 1800's and early 1900's.
Having been to all the great museums of the world, I have become allergic to museums of all kinds, but this place has a special magic and authenticity not found in any other place. The exhibits, artwork, living quarters and granaries combine to deliver a true-life experience and it was hard to leave it behind, although the memories remain forever.
Our guide was a well-educated and historically knowledgeable young man named Phuntso Tenzin, himself a family member and an artist. This was a great experience as was the walk around the village after lunch.
Make sure you include this experience in your journey to Central Bhutan
Written 6 April 2023
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Joe C
Singapore, Singapore15 contributions
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Nov 2019
It was a very peaceful and serene place. The care taker was very helpful and pleasant. We were told to sign on visitor log book and surprise to know that we were the only 2nd Singaporean to visit that museum.

The whole place was filled with olden days history when farmers and traders used to sell and buy items on that area. You can see tools and types of 'machine' they used harvest crops. The staircase can be steep and narrow, but every level show the living quarter from the past.
Written 26 October 2020
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DaisyClover
Melbourne, Australia1,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The museum is about a 30 minute drive from the main road in the little valley town. After crossing the river the road is very, very rough. If you do not have a bad back and can deal with the bumps, the museum is definitely worth it. This was the property of a major landlord who once had many surfs. The property has been in the same family for 21 generations and the artefacts relate directly to this place. The staircases are original and very steep. We found it well worthwhile to take the guide whose commentary was clear and succinct.
Written 3 March 2020
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BhutanBurgoth
Thimphu, Bhutan23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
The Ogyen Choling Heritage House is an ideal place for guests interested in the history and culture of Bhutan, guests who appreciate the special setting with the calming spiritual ambiance and the solitude off the beaten track. Ogyen Choling is also the starting point for different day treks. Bhutan Burgoth Tours takes their guest to Bumthang Ogyen Choling Palace Museum to experience the mesmerizing places.
Written 12 August 2019
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DL2Some
Detroit Lakes, MN866 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Friends
The trip through the Tang Valley is interesting albeit a rugged ride. Our purpose was to meet the owner of Ogyen Choling Palace, Kunzang Choden, a Bhutanese author of Circle of Karma and Dawg among others. Kunzang is the first Bhutanese woman to publish in English. After touring the museum, which is worth the trip on its own, we were served lunch in the cafe and had a wonderful encounter with Kunzang. She is a gentle but powerful woman and a joy to spend time with. This was one of the highlights of a magnificent trip!
Written 1 June 2019
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DianneB
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We had the great, good fortune to visit Ogyen Choling in November 2018, including an overnight stay, and I recommend anyone who is lucky enough to get to Bhutan should include this in their tour. As soon as you cross the threshold into the courtyard, you will know you are in a very special place. Plan in advance to spend one night so you don't need to drive out and back in one day. This will give you more time to appreciate the atmosphere and the history of the medieval lifestyle that ended not that long ago -- 1950s . If you're in luck, your tour of the museum will be led by the woman (known locally as the Queen) whose family has lived here for generations. There is also the beautiful temple that has been preserved, and some local hiking trails. We are all lucky the family has been able to preserve this wonderful place, so go visit it!
Written 15 December 2018
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Sue H
Peregian Beach, Australia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
This is a couple of hours drive outside of Bumthang town but worth it. The drive is interesting through farming areas. This museum is on top of a hill with nice views over the valley. A lot of displays depicting historical items from the country's history including farming implements etc. Very interesting. Apparently you can book a room and stay.I had lunch there outdoors besides a very impressive vegetable garden. Food was exceptional. A very pleasant day out.
Written 17 November 2018
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sorwabhutantravels
Bhutan154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
The family of Ugyen Choling Palace has turned the complex into a museum to preserve it's legacy and provide a place for religious studies and research. This fascinating complex is located on the hilltop overlooking the villages and swiftly running rivers, different colours of farm with evergreen conifers covered the valley all over. The impressive and well-captioned exhibits offer real insights into the life style of a Bhutanese noble family.
Written 4 September 2018
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Kciff
Fox Island, WA1,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
The drive from Bumthang is about 4 hours. It is beautiful with several sights to see: 1 is the Burning Lake which is a river and the burning refers to a lamp that was burning when brought from the river, 2 is an ancient monastery that is where Guru Padmasambhava took a bath in a rock pool. The Thang Valley is beautiful with forests, stream, fields and a valley that stretch’s beyond one’s sight.
The Ogyen Choling museum is a dedicated collection of household, agricultural and defense antiques that the owner has found and placed in the rooms of her old family owned palace. The rooms in the courtyard are lovely with views of the palace and the village or fields nearby. Food is home cooked, delicious and fresh.
If time allows you can also trek there from Bumthang. I am sure someone will help with logistics in Bumthang. I am very happy we made the time to visit this area.
Written 6 August 2018
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divermom3
Fox Chapel, PA245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
You need to allot several hours to truly appreciate this museum. There are many rooms on several levels. There are artifacts, in good condition, which show how people ;lived over the past centuries in rural Bhutan. There are sections which include medieval war regalia, weapons and horse saddles. Other areas focused on trade and explained the previous back and forth trade between Bhutan and Tibet. Sections on festivals showed the masks and costumes used in Bhutan's colorful festival scene. There was a wood stove which many still use, although the government is encouraging people to switch to ovens which are less polluting.There was a wooden toilet which opened to the ground below the house.There were sections of farm implements. I liked that we were able to take pictures of things in the museum.
Written 7 June 2018
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