Thimphu Chorten

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  • Address: Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 09:00 am Details
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Memorial, Street Market

Thimphu Chorten - Review

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Thimphu Chorten

  • 95% of people who visit Thimphu include Thimphu Chorten in their plan

  • 92.08% of people start their Thimphu Chorten visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Thimphu Chorten

Monday, Thursday and Saturday

94.16% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Thimphu Chorten

People normally club together Buddha Dordenma and Changangkha Lhakhang while planning their visit to Thimphu Chorten.

People also prefer to start their day with Thimphu Chorten.

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  • This place is located at walking distance from the clock tower square. I would recommend taking a walk to this place early in the morning as you can see many locals taking a walk and jogging around and it is a wonderful opportunity to interact with them. The monument as such gets closed at around 5pm. With less knowledge of Buddhism I cannot comment on the significance of this place but as a monument itself it is quite impressive and is worth a visit.

  • 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.

  • This 'Jangchub Chorten' is an unmissable landmark in Thimphu town. It's a point of interest where visitors get to observe spiritual practices of almost all walks of Bhutanese in Thimphu.

  • Located very conveniently, at minutes' walk, this is a tribute to the Third King, who's considered as the pioneer of modern Bhutan.

  • I just love going there and making rounds..I really feel relief and the happiness that you feel..ahh can't just imagine. I love it going there

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