Thimphu Chorten1785 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
- Timings: 07:00 am - 09:00 am Details
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Memorial, Street Market
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 Travel Tips
- 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.
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85.04% of people who visit Thimphu include Thimphu Chorten in their plan
07 AM - 08 AM
93.48% of people start their Thimphu Chorten visit around 07 AM - 08 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Thimphu Chorten
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Thimphu Chorten