Kyichu Lhakhang also known as Kyerchu Temple is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. Built in 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang is situated in Lango Gewog of Paro Valley. Kyichu Lhakhang is composed of twin temples. The original foundation of Kyichu Lhakhang was laid by Songsten Gampo and later in 1968 the foundation of 2nd temple in Kyichu Lhakhang was built under the commandment of Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Kesang Choden.
Being a historical significant monument, Kyichu Lhakhang along with its pictorial landscape has been one of the must visit places in Paro Valley.
According to the ancient Bhutanese legend, a giant demoness lay across the whole of Tibet and the Himalayas which was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism in Himalayas and to subdue her, Songtsen Gampo, the first Buddhist King of Tibet built 108 temples one of them being Kyichu Lhakhang. It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang is built on the left foot of the demoness.
Over the years the Kyichu Lhakhang has been visited and blessed by many revered Buddhist saints including Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century, Lam Kha Nga and Phajo Dugom Zhigpo. Many of them also helped in expanding the exterior of Kyichu Lhakhang. One such personality was Je Sherub Gyeltshen who lived during the 18th century. He extended the Jowo Temple of Kyichu Lhakhang and added many new statues in the sanctum.
Did you know? It is said that Kyichu Lhakhang is one of 108 temples which were built overnight across Tibet and borderland by Songsten Gampo in 7th century.
The best way to reach Kyichu Lhakhang is by hiking. From Paro it is an approx 1hr hike to reach Kyichu Lhakhang.
Distance: The distance between Paro to Kyichu Lhakhang is 5 kilometers.
Tourists who wish to visit this grandiose ancient Buddhist Monastery should note the timing of Kyichu Lhakhang. Travelers can visit Kyichu Lhakhang anytime between 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm throughout the week.