Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu

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Address: Buddha Point, Above Changzamthok district, Bhutan, Thimphu

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About Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu

Faith manifests itself in the form of a large watchful guardian in Bhutan – standing tall at a whopping 51.5 meters, cast in bronze and gilded in gold, this is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. Seated regally upon a large meditation hall, this Shakyamuni Buddha structure is a work in progress, the location of which used to be the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk.

Facing the southern approach to Thimphu,looking out over the Changzamthok district, this structure offers an unparalleled view of the valley below. Curiously, it houses 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within it, 100,000 8 inch tall ones and 25,000 12 inch tall ones respectively, which are similarly made of bronze and gilded with gold.The statue, interestingly, is said to fulfill an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D.Discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer),it is said to exude an energy of peace and happiness to the entire world.

Still a work in progress, the Buddha Dordenma statue is the idyllic blend of beauty and spirituality. To the north side of Thimphu, there is also the Bhutan Broadcasting Service or BBS TV tower, located even higher up, from where the view of the Thimphu valley is even more arresting.

Buddha Dordenma Information

  • A 1.5km trek from the TV tower to a monastery on the other side of the hill from where you get brilliant aerial views of Thimphu Dzong/Tashichhodzong.
  • For photographers, the morning light makes it the best time to visit, as sun goes just behind the statuein the afternoon, making lighting an issue. This is not a photo-op to be missed!

Restaurants Near Buddha Dordenma

  • The Zone
  • The Bhutanese
  • Ambient Cafe

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Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu Reviews

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  • The gigantic Buddha statue located on mountain top in Thimphu. The huge statue can be seen from many points of Thimphu city. The full statue made of bronze and gilded gold. There is a beautiful temple inside the base of the giant statute which houses more than one hundred thousand small Buddha statutes. There are also few golden statues surrounding the big statue. There is a big open plaza in front of the statue. The beautiful Thimphu city can be observed from this view point.

  • It is situated at the top of the hill. It can be seen from far away. It is a statue of Lord Buddha, height nearly about 52 meters. It is gilded with gold. It has a museum inside it. The view is so awesome and clear from there. U can see the beauty of Bhutan from there. It is worth visiting it. the architecture is new, so it is not yet completed fully. Construction is going on.

  • The view from up there was amazing. Nice environment and excellent place to take pictures. Clean and organized site. No entry fee is required. Overall good place to visit.

  • The largest Buddha statue in Bhutan. A very sacred and significant site to go if you ever visit Thimphu. It stands on 125000 small Buddha's which is just awesome. It's built in bronze and glided in gold. For the photographer's, the best time to visit is when sun rays are slanting on this Rupa.

  • A great place to spend quality time with your folks on weekends. Has a great view of the entire city. Night view is simply 'wow'.

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