Formerly a sub-district of Tashigang, Trashiyangtse is now one of the 20 dzongkhag (districts) of Bhutan. Trashiyangtse is 28 km (17.5 miles) further up north from Gomphu Kora and total 52 km (34 miles) from Trashigang town. A trip of Gomphu Kora and Trashiyangtse is usually done on a day excursion from Trashigang town.
Trashiyangtse is the administrative center for this district and a rapidly growing town. Nestled in a small river valley, the town is a lovely place to take short hikes in the surrounding countryside. Trashiyangtse has two dzong fortresses, the older one is smaller and is situated in an inconvenient location and the newer one is high on the side of the ridge overlooking the valley. Wooden containers and bowls, known as dappa, are famous in entire Bhutan and make an inexpensive and beautiful souvenir. In Bhutan, dappa are used to carry cooked food but they can be also used as salad bowls. Trashiyangtse also has an institute where students learn 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.