Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu

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Address: Buddha Point, Above Changzamthok district, Bhutan

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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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  • Very ritual and peaceful place. They were preserving ancient literature when we have visited. It's surrounding is also very scenic. You can go there by car and come down by walking down 167 steps. Only restriction is.. you can not wear hat or cap or shorts. Otherwise boots , sunglasses, cameras etc are allowed. No entry fees. One must visit this place.

  • What a majestic sight of one of the tallest Buddha's in the world. The hall below Buddha statue is beautiful, serene and totally divine. I like the placement of statues around the complex.

  • Being the tallest statue (51.5m) in Bhutan. It houses 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues within the Buddha Dordenma statue. The interior work is exquisite. Must visit site if in Thimphu.

  • Aesthetically great... A landmark visible from some parts of the city. But considering nature and the environment, doesn't go down well to me. Huge usage of concrete, cutting off of a big hilly area and concreting it up, not appealing enough to me.

  • Oct 2017. As of now, the world’s largest sitting bronze Buddha statute. Entirely sponsored and built by foreigners. There was a 3 months recitation of the Buddhist scriptures when was there. It was beautiful inside with a rendition of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

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