Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck launched the restoration of the Wangduechhoeing Palace on the morning of 29 March 2015 dedicated to the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s 60th birth anniversary in a traditional ceremony. His Excellency the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay accompanied Gyalyum during the event.
The Wangduechhoeling Palace was built by Gongsar Jigme Namgyel and is the first largest structure to be built as a residential manor and not a fortress. It bears a special and important place in history as it significantly marks an era of peace and stability in the country that has continued to this day. The palace also marks the birthplace of monarchy in Bhutan.
This project is undertaken by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs with financial and technical support from the Bhutan Foundation and will be implemented by the Department of Culture in coordination with the Bumthang District. The documentation and planning for the entire palace complex was completed in August 2014, which was made possible with support from the U. S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (India) and the Bhutan Foundation.
In the following months, a project site office will be set up and the consolidation of the Lingkha Lhakhang (temple), an ancillary structure within the palace complex, will commence. Next year, restoration work will begin on the main palace structure and the five Chukhor Mani (water prayer wheels). The restoration of the Utse (central tower) and the establishment of a museum will be undertaken in following phases. The entire project is estimated at over $ four million.