The first thing that comes to your on seeing Tashichho Dzong (dzong: fortress) is its size. It must be easily of the size of three football fields put together lengthwise. Once inside, its tall utse (central tower) and surrounding buildings trying matching its height makes everyone in the dzong appear smaller. The imposing scale of the building repeatedly tells you that it is the power center of Bhutan, while the line of prayer wheels remind you the religious nature of Bhutan’s everyday life.
A part of Tashichho Dzong hosts the government secretariat and the offices of the king, while another part hosts the central monastic body of the country.