Konchogsum monastery, (near) Jakar, Bumthang Dzongkhag, BT

Raw data

"Local Name - Konchogsum Lhakhang or Tsilung lhakhang or Choekhor lhakhang [Lhakhang = monastery - tmciolek]
Date of Construction - 8th century
Geographical Location - Chhoekhor, Bumthang district
4 kms north of the headquarter, Konchogsum Lhakhang is located on the left bank of the Chamkhar river opposite Kuje [= Kurje - tmciolek] complex and very close to Tamshing temple [Lat 27.5876 Long 90.7379 - est. by tmciolek]. This tiny temple is surrounded by an enclosure. Like any ancient temple in the Tibetan cultural area, the sanctuary consists of a small central shrine which may have had a circumambulation path.
Konchogsum Lhakhang […] dates, according to the saint Pema Lingpa, as far back as the 8th century. The temple is supposed to have been built by  the Tibetan king Trisong Detsen after receiving instructions from Guru Rinpoche [= Padmasambhava - tmc] to do so. The king sent one Bami Trisher from central Tibet to supervise the construction and Guru Rinpoche himself is said to have designed and consecrated the temple. However another Bhutanese tradition considers that it is one of the temples founded by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.
In 1039 Bonpo Dragtshel, the first active terton (‘discoverer of religious Treasures’) in Bhutan, discovered texts which had been hidden by Guru Rinpoche at this spot. It is said that the king of the water deities rose out of the lake beneath the temple and offered Bonpo Dragtshel a stone pillar and a stone scroll. […]"

"Stock Photo: The Konchogsum Lhakhang monastery in Jakar"

Input by: tmciolek, Sep 19, 2012

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 29 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Konchogsum monastery, BT.

General location of the Konchogsum monastery, BT.
Lat 27.58590 Long 90.739884
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2012.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Buthan:Bumthang Dzongkhag

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 27.58590 Long 90.739884 - based on visual identification of the site in satellite imagery, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 19 Sep 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p - tmciolek 29 Apr 2013
  • 0700-32p 0733-66p 0767-99p 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 29 Apr 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architecture, oral tradition

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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