Thimphu ChortenCurrently Closed
- Address: Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
- Timings: 07:00 am - 09:00 am Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- 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
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
Thimphu Chorten Trips
Thimphu Chorten, Thimphu Reviews
A nice and very peacful place, with lovely statues of budhha.Though the entry fee is rs 300/- per head but is all the more worth visiting this peaceful place. you can always find people in this memorial be it day time or late evening. The place is mostly visited by elderly locals who sit around in premises chanting mantra's.
A beautiful Stupa in the city. Get a glimpse of the Buddhist rituals as you witness locals circumbulating the stupa and the monks chanting inside the stupa. The incredibly detailed statues of Lord Buddha and his avatars are worth spending a few minutes admire !
Beautiful place. I saw and learnt about the wrathful nature of Buddha which he takes on for the protection from evil beings. Very intriguing statues within the chorten.
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.
First floor.... Body purify ( fight against evils in us). 2nd floor.... Mind subdue. 3rd floor... Soul purified attain ultimate Destination Nirvana or Kingdom of Godhead