Historical tale of Bepzur Chukpo’s Mansion in Tang

Three floors, 27 rooms, and one great storehouse of history, Bepzur Chukpo’s Mansion, a family home turned museum at Tang Gewog in Bumthang has so much to offer about medieval Bhutanese culture and lifestyle.

Three floors, 27 rooms, and one great storehouse of history, Bepzur Chukpo’s Mansion, a family home turned museum at Tang Gewog in Bumthang has so much to offer  about medieval Bhutanese culture and lifestyle.

Five minutes drive uphill from Tang Gewog connectivity road; visitors will be greeted by 67-year-old Dorji Lhamo who is now the owner of the gigantic house.

She reckons the house to have been built six generations ago. While there isn’t any written document about the history of the house, people believe it to be the home of Zimpon Thraipai Raza who served as the chamberlain of the first king of Bhutan.

Inside the house are various displays of traditional wares, baskets, clothes, and tools among others. Dorji Lhamo took her visitors to every room of the house and showed around. Often, she smiled in reminiscence.

“This is what we used in olden days in place of beam balance. We used to measure meat and other things with this tool. There were not many clothes then, we used this as pillow. We place our tego or hat on it and sleep,” said Dorji Lhamo.

Inside one of the rooms is a display of the tools used for making the famous traditional food known as Puta, a noodle made out of buckwheat.  Dorji Lhamo recalled how life used to be when people had to feed upon traditional cuisines.

“We had a harsh life then. We had to carry rice and chili across the Rudungla. It was Khuley (pancake) or Keptang as breakfast and dinner. For lunch, we had Choydam. These days, children get to eat rice in every meal. I think they are living in luxury under His Majesty’s leadership”.

Dorji Lhamo once wanted to dismantle the house to build a new one. However, the Wangchuck Centennial Park came to its rescue and restored the house in 2011. She now lives next door with her husband and children.

Her siblings have also moved out to settle in new homes nearby. They gather once a year in their ancestral home to celebrate the Thuksey Dawa Kuchoe, a ritual performed in the memory of Thuksey Rinpoche who was the reincarnation of Tertoen Pema Lingpa’s son, Thuksey Dawa.

The house has a footprint of Thuksey Rinpoche embedded on the floor of its altar which is forbidden from the visitors.

Though the glory of the house has been fading over the generations, it still is an archive of the prized culture and the rich history that the people of Tang valley hold dearly.

This story first appeared on BBS


Tag Cloud

Related Posts

My Journey to Singye Dzong: The Lion Fortress

Religious Pilgrimage of Guru Rinpochhe

Jul 23, 2017 13:41

Conserving the Traditional Art of Weaving

The mission of the Royal Textile Academy is to preserve and promote the traditional form of weaving.

Nov 18, 2017 10:36

The Disappearing Practice of Polyandry

The traditional practice of polyandry in Laya was born out of necessity – the remoteness of the place. Located up in the...

Nov 10, 2017 06:50

30 Books Written by Children Released

Under the programme ‘Children Writing for Children,’ students between the ages of 12 to 16 from Zhemgang worked with...

Nov 09, 2017 17:40

Appeasing One’s Protective Deities

“Bhutanese families believe in the power of these deities to affect the welfare of human. They are located in or...

Nov 06, 2017 13:22

Philanthropic Works by the Tarayana Foundation

The Tarayana Foundation was founded by Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and was formally launched on May...

Nov 05, 2017 16:59

Latest

News

Govt. to Waive Royalty for Tourists Visiting Eastern Bhutan

“Tourists visiting eastern dzongkhags need not pay the daily fee of USD 65 once the proposal comes through,” he said. The government, he...

Nov 15, 2017 07:18

A Gift from His Majesty The King to the People - Drop in Petrol Prices

“The reduction of fuel prices was not passed down because of the fear in the reduction of the domestic revenue, but to honour His Majesty’s...

Nov 11, 2017 10:52

Features

Conserving the Traditional Art of Weaving

The mission of the Royal Textile Academy is to preserve and promote the traditional form of weaving.

Nov 18, 2017 10:36

The Disappearing Practice of Polyandry

The traditional practice of polyandry in Laya was born out of necessity – the remoteness of the place. Located up in the highlands, Laya...

Nov 10, 2017 06:50

Sports

Chencho Gyeltshen Named Most Valuable Player

The home team fought hard against one of the best Middle Eastern teams with experienced professional players and a physically strong team.

Nov 16, 2017 05:28

Coach Pema Returns to Lead National Squad

Coach Pema has the experience of leading the boys since he first took over the squad in the match against the Maldives during the world cup...

Nov 04, 2017 17:30

Business

Bhutan to Graduate from Least Developed Countries Group by 2022

Bhutan has stable political, economic and social settings that could attract a lot of Foreign Direct Investments.

Nov 17, 2017 09:01

Applying the Concept of GNH on Social Enterprises

The essence of a social entrepreneur is what they can do and how they can balance the social and the commercial aspects of a business.

Nov 14, 2017 07:47

Travel

Professionalising Bhutanese Tour Guides

When tourists arrive in Bhutan, the first thing they see is not the pristine mountains or the serene environment. They see the guides.

Nov 11, 2017 12:24

Pray to Conceive at the Chimi Lhakhang

For couples who longed to have children, miracles were said to have happened after they have received fertility blessings at the Chimi...

Nov 08, 2017 08:44

Lifestyle

Efficacy of Traditional Bhutanese Medicine

Research carried out by a postgraduate student at the faculty of traditional medicine under Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences...

Nov 07, 2017 07:39

Popularity of Bhutan Natural's Lemongrass Oil

Bhutan Natural began to import Lemongrass oil from Bhutan in 2016. “We have since established ourselves as a reliable supplier of Bhutan...

Nov 05, 2017 10:41

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!