What is a dzong?

What is a dzong? Here are some definitions.

  1. Alternative form of jong
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Samye Dzong Dundee is a Buddhist Temple based in Reform Street.
The origin of the Tibetan dzong is not known although there is evidence of Chinese and Mongol influences in the style of their military architecture.
Today, the dzong houses the government ministries, the National Assembly, the throne room of the King, and the nation's largest monastery.
A bridge over the Sankosh provides a link to the hill on which the dzong stands, and with its gilded canopy, the dzong has as much antiquity as the bridge.
The Dzong was built in 1659 and commands a spectacular view over the valley for which it is the administrative center.
Every major river valley and settled region has a dzong, usually situated on a commanding site above a stream or river.

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