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Chimi L'hakhang Temple

Punakha, Bhutan
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Ranked #3 of 5 attractions in Punakha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (also known as the Divine Madman) and is popular among childless Bhutanese couples as a temple to seek blessings for fertility. We visited the temple on a day where there was rain in the early morning and light drizzle throughout the afternoon. The hike up to the temple should be an easy... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We approached via a pleasant half-hour walk past local shops and through rice-paddies and fields to this totally mad temple. I guess every religion (except perhaps Islam) has its iconoclastic hard-drinking and womanising guru, and the Divine Madman was Bhutanese Buddhism's. Your guide will tell you the cleaner legends (and maybe the dirtier ones too if you're there without kids... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

lovely place and even better if you do a almost2 hours walk through the valley to reach the temple

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

As other reviews have suggested, this temple is interesting mostly because of the walk there and the fact that it is still actively sought out by local Bhutanese who are seeking a blessing to grant them fertility. Other couples bring their new baby to have them named. The walk is about 40 minutes through a rice paddy...lovely birds, cactus pears... More

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San Clemente, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We found the temple itself to be nothing special. however, the walk through the village and surrounding area really made the morning. The story of the "mad man" and his antics were entertaining as was the history of the temple and surrounding village. We really enjoyed walking through the houses, visiting with the locals and witnessing the building of a... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Mad monk was interesting, however, not memorable The surroundings of the monastery will be beautiful during summer months as they were all rice paddies with step fields

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Hong Kong
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

The Bhutanese names are never easy. I therefore decide to remember the Temple as the "Divine Madman" Temple. In fact it is really a temple dedicated to him, a great yogi in the 14th century (as I was explained by my Bhutanese guide). What I can't understand though is how you can call somebody a "mad man" when you at... More

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

The experience of visiting Chimi Lhakhang Temple starts right as you take the path into the village. As it is the Temple of Fertility, the village is also known as the Fertility Village. The exterior walls of the few buildings lining the sides of the path housing souvenir shops and small restaurants are adorned with paintings of phallus large and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Did not live up to the hype! Nice walk up to the temple though.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

The small chapel was built in 1499 in honor of Lama Drukpa Kunley or the "Divine Madman", one of the major personalities in the Bhutanese religious history, for subduing the demons according to the lore. It takes about 20 - 25 minutes to walk from the road on a path among rice fields first going down then climbing uphill to... More

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