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Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Thimphu

Trashi Chho Dzong

This splendid dzong, north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu, seems to fit seamlessly into the valley, lending the city both regal splendour and monastic weight. The dzong was the site of the lavish form…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Thimphu

Changangkha Lhakhang

This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung i…
Top Choice Market in Thimphu

Weekend Market

Thimphu's 'Weekend Market' occupies the west bank of the Wang Chhu, just north of Changlimithang Stadium. Vendors from throughout the region start arriving on Thursday and remain until Sunday night. Most people comb…
Top Choice Buddhist Monument in Thimphu

National Memorial Chorten

This large Tibetan-style chorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme…
Top Choice Museum in Thimphu

National Textile Museum

Thimphu's best museum is part of the Royal Textile Academy and is the place to learn about Bhutan's living national art of thagzo (weaving). The ground floor focuses on royal ghos, including the wedding clothes worn…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Thimphu

National Institute for Zorig Chusum

This institute, commonly known as 'the painting school', operates four- to six-year courses that provide instruction in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts. Students specialise in painting (furniture, thangkas – painted re…
Buddhist Monastery in South of Thimphu

Simtokha Dzong

About 5km south of Thimphu, atmospheric Simtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The site is said to guard a demon that had vanished into the rock nearby, hence the name Simtokha, from simmo (d…
Buddhist Monastery in North of Thimphu

Tango Goemba

The original site of Tango was founded in the 12th century but it was the 'divine madman', Lama Drukpa Kunley, who built the present building in the 15th century. Today Tango functions as a university of Buddhist st…
Buddhist Monastery in North of Thimphu

Cheri Goemba

An uphill hike of 45 minutes leads to Cheri Goemba, Bhutan's first monastery. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal established the monastery in 1620 with the first monk body. His father's ashes were interred in a richly decora…
Buddhist Monument in Thimphu

Buddha Dordenma

The huge 51m-tall steel statue of Buddha Dordenma commands the entry to the Thimphu valley. The massive three-storey base houses a large chapel, while the body itself is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha…