Trongsa lies at the elevation of about 2316m and it use to be home for the Bhutan’s royal family. It is clustered and compact town. The name Trongsa is derived from the word Trongsar which means new village. As legend says during 15th century lam Ngagi wangchuck when he was mediating he saw light from far. Upon approaching he saw hove print and soul lake of guardian deity and thus he felt it was good place for him to built mediation place soon his follower built many small mediation houses thus from the far People mistook it as new village.
This watch tower above the dzong also used to be known as Trongsa Ta dzong as it used to guard dzong below. Austrian team of experts renovated and converted it into the art museum and it was officially opened for the visitors in 2008. Now museum displays about 224 items used over the years by the monarchies.
Trongsa dzong (fortress)
The dzong is home to political history, rich in traditions and culture and a place from where raise of monarchy began. It is strategically located on commanding location having accessible to both western and eastern Bhutan. It was built in 1644 by Chhogyel Minjur Tenpa, an official who was sent by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to unify eastern Bhutan.