Thimphu Chorten, Thimphu

Thimphu Chorten - A Quick Overview


Address: Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

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About Thimphu Chorten, Thimphu

The Memorial Chorten, or the Thimphu Chorten, welcomes you at the entrance with traders selling souvenirs, carvings and incense. This Tibetan-style chorten is one of the most prominent religious landmarks in the city, resplendent in its golden spires, bells and prayer wheels. Located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of Thimphu, it was constructed in 1974 to honour the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck by his mother Her Majesty the late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck as he wanted to build ‘a chorten to represent the mind of Buddha’. Consecrated by Dudjom Rinpoche, it went through extensive reconstruction in 2008.

A daily place of worship for many Bhutanese people, this is always bustling with activity and is a very pleasant family place, with people circumambulating the chorten throughout the day. Kids run underfoot, there to pay their respects before or after school as well. Early mornings will find the place inundated in prayer and peace as old-timers shuffle in, haul away at the massive prayer wheels beside the main entrance and pay homage at the small shrine inside the gate.

Richly painted annexes look out facing the cardinal directions and the intricate mandalas and statues adorning the whitewashed chorten makes for a very humbling experience. The golden finial atop the chorten beams wisely down at one and all.

The Memorial Chorten is a beautiful place to visit to get a glimpse into the rich spiritual beliefs and their methods of worship of the Bhutanese in addition to the great feat of architecture.

Thimphu Chorten Information

  • The Thimphu Chorten is located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of Thimphu, near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital.
  • There are no mortal remains of the King, only a picture of his on the ground floor adorned in ceremonial scarves.
  • Carry bottled water and snacks.

Restaurants Near Thimphu Chorten

  • San Maru Restaurant
  • The Zone
  • Karma’s Coffee

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Thimphu Chorten, Thimphu Reviews

  • This is a monument built in the memory of the beloved Third king of Bhutan, remembered dearly as the father of modern Bhutan. Once, the monument was the tallest structure in the entire city... It has seen the city grow over time around it. 2017 Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition happened here and the event has given the place the much needed facelift. Now Nu.300 entry fee is charged for visitors, but for locals in formal dress and international tourist it's free entry. Enjoy the beautiful heritage site.

  • The landmark of Thimphu. A must see in Thimphu. If you can catch any special event here, it will be an memorable event for you. The rhythm and synchronisation of the prayer will fill heart with calmness, peace and joy. Please maintain the rules and rituals when you visit here as it is a religious place.

  • A great place to visit and take photographs. But during local auspicious days, its packed.

  • The iconic chorten or stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. People from all walks of life can be seen circumambulating the structure, thanking for the blessings and seeking solace in their prayers.

  • The Chorten is a spiritual place for Buddhists. It is located at center of the Thimphu city. People mostly elderly Bhutanese circumambulate the Chorten and whirl the large red prayer wheels throughout the day . The chorten is a large white structure with a golden spire crowning it and a smaller golden spire above the front porch.

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