Drametse Lhakhang was built in the 16th century by Ani Cheten Zangmo, the grand-daughter of the renowned Terton Pema Lingpa to spread Nyingmapa teachings in the east. It's one of the most popular monastery in the region. People from Dramedtse and also nearby districts visit it mainly during the annual festival. The Drametse Ngacham or the “Dance of the Drums of Drametse,” was started from this place after Kuenga Wangpo had a vision of it. Today, it is a popular dance performed at all major festivals across the country.
This is the best-known dance of all, composed in the 16th century at Drametse Monastery in eastern Bhutan by a saint who had a vision of Guru Rinpoche’s heaven. Twelve men wearing yellow skirts and animal masks beat drums as they dance; they represent Guru Rinpoche’s entourage and they are celebrating the victory of religion. This dance brings liberation to those who see it.
This dance was proclaimed as a ‘Masterpiece of the World Intangible Heritage’ by UNESCO in 2005.
Open: Every day from 09:00 to 17:00 summer and 09:00-:16:00 in winter
Lunch Break: 13-14
Dress Code: Need formal dress
Entry Fee:No entry Fees
Photography:Photography is allowed till courtyard
The temples are located in the central tower. The top floor is the goenkhang and the temple below it is dedicated to the "Five Sisters of Long Life" indigenous goddess who became the protector of Buddhism. The ground floor is the Guru Lhakhang that contains the funerary chorten of the temple's founder Cheten Zangmo.