The majestic fortresses or dzongs that sit in commanding positions in every one of Bhutan’s 20 districts represent a rare and disappearing form of architecture today. These impressive fortresses were originally built with such skill that no nails were used, but the whole structure was an example of precise and skillful joinery.
Wood is a main element in many Bhutanese buildings, from temples and dzongs to palaces and homes. Bhutanese carpentry is regarded today as an important feature of the national identity.