Ta Dzong was Watch Tower of the Trongsa Dzong. The Watch Tower was converted into a Royal Museum on 10th of December 2008. The museum has on display about 224 items used over the years by the Wangchuck dynasty. You will see the Raven Crown worn by the first King in 1907 and many other objects of interest.
It was built by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the 1st Governor of Trongsa in 1652. It has four observation points resembling Tiger, Lion, Garuda and Dragon. Climb up the path to visit Ta Dzong which now houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.
A visit to this former watchtower provides visitors with an insight into the significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history. Today the Ta Dzong of Trongsa is the most fascinating museum of the nation. The Dzong has now been converted into a state-of-the Art Museum (National Museum) with technical and financial support provided by Austria.
House in: 17th century cylindrical Building (Ta-dzong)
Floors: Four and Five
Establishment of Museum: 2008
Official Name: The Royal Heritage Museum
Chief Curator/Director: Mr. Sangay Tashi
Type: State of Art Museum
Governing Authority: The Department of Culture, Royal Government of Bhutan
Number of Collections: Five hundred (500)
Style of display: Western & Traditional
Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM (Monday – Friday)
Closing days: Saturday, Sundays and National Holidays
Sections: Administrative, Curatorial and Conservation
Location: Ta-dzong, Trongsa, Central Bhutan
Type of Collection: Thangkas, Sculptures, Bronzes, Decorative arts, Arms and Armor, Ritual objects, Masks, Textiles& Royal belongings.
Number of Staff: 12 (twelve)