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Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu

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Monument Tourist Spot
Examine an enormous statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha at Kuenselphodrang, which celebrates the 60th birthday of Bhutan's fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Built in 2015, the 51 m (169 ft) bronze statue gilded in gold overlooks the southern tip of the nation's capital. The ornamented interior shelters over 100,000 Buddha icons, each made of the same material as the grandiose monument. Besides exploring the structure, you can also take photographs of the panoramic scenery and meander through the forest in the nearby nature park. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Thimphu holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kuenselphodrang and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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As the capital, Thimphu features the largest range of accommodations in the kingdom. Only opening up to international tourism in the 1970's, the list remains relatively small, but the city remains in a period of development, so more options are arriving each year. Take a look along Norzim Lam, the main thoroughfare, for a number of small hotels, both budget and standard. Located close to the main attractions in the city, and overlooking the most attractive public plazas and parks, a small number of charming hotels offer mid-range and luxury rooms, with additional facilities such as pools.
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  • This is a giant Buddha Statue installed on top of a mountain in Thimphu. Project still in the final stages of construction. Very much along the lines of the Buddha Statue in Hong Kong.  more »
  • The huge Budhha statue is a landmark in Thimphu and is visible from a long distance. Not only the statue but the temple also is beautiful. One can have beautiful 360 degree view from the temple balcon...  more »
  • The statue is huge and surrounded by beautiful sculptures called as dakini. It was raining the day we went. So, clouds were everywhere. Felt, heavenly!!! The construction is still going on though. So,...  more »
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  • A lovely place to watch, wander, enjoy and meditation. Scenic view from the place to the whole of Thimphu is awesome and magnificent. The statues of Tara Devi are extremely well. The calm and quiet environment and the gentle monks inside the temple is really good. The whole place including the sculptures are with the touch of modern tradition. The traditional touch of monasteries of Bhutan is somehow ignored here.
  • perfectly constructed 51.5 m, sitting statue of Buddha Dordenma, considered to be the biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. A great place to sit for a while in front of the majestic statue and meditate for some time. It is a perfect view point where you can see the whole northern part and southern part of the Capital city Thimphu
  • Very beautiful place . The statue of Buddha is beautiful in itself, but the view from this place is awesome too. All the sculptures of Tara Devi add to the beauty of this place. The meditation hall within is also a place worth visiting. The hall however is modernised and starkly different from the other age old monasteries and temples in Bhutan.
  • It's in Thimpu city.very charming place to visit and spend hours after hours.. perfect place for meditation also.awesome scenic beauty. mesmerising views of mountains can be seen from here..I liked it a lot.
  • One of the largest statues of Lord Buddha situated among the hills. You get an awesome view of the city as well from here