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Chimi L'hakhang Temple

Address: Punakha, Bhutan
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Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Punakha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Liked stories and history, architectural style and incredibly detailed hand-painted and carved artwork both inside and outside the temple..

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a very special Lakhang in Bhutan's history, and the approach through the rice paddies below Sopsokha is memorable, especially on a sunny day. If you've never read about the Divine Madman, start here.

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Whitby, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Compared to other temples and dzongs to see in Bhutan, this one is quite simple. Consists of small temple room courtyard, kitchen, and room for butter lamps. You may get the chance to see some young monks taking a break to play soccer. It's about a 25 minute stroll/hike through/past some farms and a village, where you'll get to see... More 

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Dunsborough, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Chimi Lhakhang temple/monastery is some 500 years old, and that in itself makes it worth a visit. Its easy to get to - a relatively short walk across the rice fields from the small village of Sopsokha. The monastery itself is not all that remarkable, lovely that it is. But was IS remarkable is the history and mythology surrounding... More 

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Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Chimi L'hakang Temple is also known as the "Fertility Temple" which is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley also called "Divine Madman" for his humorous style and sexual interpretations. Not for everyone

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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The lore of Llama Drupka Kunley is probably the most weirdest and awe-inspiring that one can ever listen to and then the lore materializes in front of you as the Chimi Lhakhang Temple. The temple is a short 20-30 mintues walking through the peacful village of Sopsokha with walls of each and every house painted with giant phallus's. The phallus... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This temple is where Heavenly Madman (so called because he spread enlightenment through madness...) settled. The theme of the whole area is sexual art (lots of penis pictures) and inside the temple, you will actually be blessed with not just ambrosia water, but with penis staff. As this is one of unique temple for Heavenly Madman, definitely worth a visit.... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

One of the highlights of our trip to Bhutan was getting conked on the head by a monk’s wooden phallus inside this temple. We had an easy walk on undeveloped road and trail through gorgeous rice terraces to reach this place, also known as a famed fertility temple. It was late afternoon, so sunbeams streamed down at sharp angles through... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The path to reach the 'Temple of Fertility" is encompassed by a beautiful fields around. If you take a stroll, it will take around half an hour to reach the place. The path takes you through an exemplary beautiful village. A true nature in itself. There is a nice cafeteria on the way along where you can relax on your... More 

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Kollam, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The temple is dedicated to the "Divine Madman" The monk who saw "sex" as a relief to all the problems. The way to the temple is very nice through the paddy fields and greens. The way side buildings has paintings of the phallus. Also known as the Fertility temple. Must visit place.

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