Zangto Pelri Lhakhang


Close to the Weekend Market, this modern chapel was built in the 1990s as a representation of Guru Rinpoche's celestial abode by Dasho Aku Tongmi, the musician who composed Bhutan's national anthem. The older Mani Dungkhar Lhakhang beside it contains some enormous prayer wheels, and between the two is an elephant skull in a box – reputedly unearthed while digging the foundations.

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1. Weekend Market

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2. Bhutan Postal Museum

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Below the post office, this small museum is dedicated to the history of the Bhutan postal service, from its earliest days (when messages were delivered…

3. Changlimithang Stadium


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4. Traffic Circle


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5. Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

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6. Coronation Park

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7. Bhutan Thailand Friendship Park

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8. Changlimithang Archery Ground

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