The Gomphukora temple is built adjacent to a sacred cave formed out of a rock outcrop near a river. Gomphu means ‘meditation cave’ while Kora translates to ‘circumambulation’. The monastery is popular among the Bhutanese for the circumambulation festival held there each year. During the festival, people circumambulate the temple around the clock for several days. For the locals, it is also a respite from their daily lives and to meet old friends and to make new ones. The monastery houses many relics of Guru Rinpoche who is believed to have visited the site in the 8th century.