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A Lesson in Solitude

Photographer Shinsuke Matsukawa visits one of Bhutan's most majestic fortresses.

Published on Jul 2, 2019

A monk at Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan’s most majestic fortresses, is a study in solitude. At the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu—the father and mother rivers—the dzong is central to the nation’s history, formerly as the seat of government and today the winter home of Bhutan’s main Buddhist monk body. Rebuilt several times over the centuries, always without a single nail, it’s not uncommon to hear the baritone echo of monks chanting from the assembly hall. — SHINSUKE MATSUKAWA


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