Kenchosum Lhakhang

Kenchosum Lhakhang, Bumthang (referred to as Tselung Lhakhang in Pema Kathang and Choekhor Lakhang during the time of Pema Lingpa) was built in the 9thcentury (the initial construction was started at the end of  8th century and completed in 9th century), upon the instruction of Guru Rinpoche. Guru Rinmpoche instructed King Thrisong Deutsen of Tibet to build a three storeyed temple similar to Samye Monastery (of Tibet) in Bumthang to serve as centre for flourishing Dharma, Peace and Happiness.  Accordingly, King Thrisrong Deutsen sent his minister Bamir Thrizer to build the temple. The temple was constructed under the supervision of Bamir Thrizer with support from the communities of Choekhor. Guru Rinmpoche himself visited Bumthang to design the temple and also performed auspicious consecration ceremony after completion. The main statue of the temple was Buddha Vairocana (Sangay namper nangsig).  It is located four kilometres from Bumthang town at the left bank of  Chamkhar River, close to Tamshing temple.