Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu

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#2 of 8 in Historic Sites in Thimphu
See the birthplace of modern Bhutan at Simtokha Dzong, a three story mini-fortress perched on a ridge overlooking strategic Thimpu Valley. Built in 1629 by a lama who unified Bhutan, the building combines monastic and administrative use. With massive entry doors, high inward-sloping brick and stone walls with a red ochre stripe near the top, this is a typical dzong but also the oldest one which survived in its original form. Admire a large central figure of Sakyamuni flanked by eight bodhisattvas and the Chinese-style flared roof. You can watch the monks here or and observe a panorama with the city in the distance and a statue of golden Buddha. Put Simtokha Dzong on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Thimphu online visit planner .
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  • We were very lucky that our visit here, soon after arriving in Bhutan, happened to coincide with the last afternoon of a three day special ceremony. The monks were chanting and handing out gift bags o...  more »
  • Dzongs are fun to visit. Bhutan is a great place to talk to people as most speak English and everyone is friendly and helpful.  more »
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  • Home of an incredible temple, where we had the opportunity to visit while monks were in class. I would have spent the whole day there watching if I could
  • It was a fortress, but now it's temple cum Monk's school. Many Monk practice the mantras here. You can visit and see the chanting.
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