Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck launched the restoration of the Wangduechhoeing Palace on the morning of March 29, 2015, dedicated to the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s 60th birth anniversary in a traditional ceremony. His Excellency the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay accompanied Gyalyum during the event.
The Wangduechhoeling Palace was built by Gongsar Jigme Namgyel and is the first large structure to be built as a residential manor and not a fortress. It bears a special and important place in history as it significantly marks an era of peace and stability in the country that has continued to this day. The palace also marks the birthplace of monarchy in Bhutan.
This project is undertaken by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, implemented by the Department of Culture in coordination with the Bumthang District and with financial support from the Bhutan Foundation. The documentation and planning for the entire palace complex was completed in August 2014, which was made possible with support from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (India) and the Bhutan Foundation.