Kuenga Rabten Palace

Kuenga Rabten Palace is a historic palace located in the Punakha Valley of Bhutan. It was built in 1864 by the 8th Desi (temporal ruler) of Bhutan, Jigme Namgyal, as a summer residence for his son, the first King of Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck.

The palace was later renovated and expanded by the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who used it as his primary residence until the construction of the new royal palace, the Dechencholing Palace, in Thimphu.

Today, the Kuenga Rabten Palace is open to the public as a museum, showcasing the history and culture of the Wangchuck dynasty and Bhutan as a whole. Visitors can explore the various rooms of the palace, which contain traditional Bhutanese art and furnishings, as well as historical artifacts.

The palace is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers stunning views of the Punakha Valley and nearby mountains. It is a popular tourist destination in Bhutan and is included in cultural tours of the country.