Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu

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See the birthplace of modern Bhutan at Simtokha Dzong, a three story mini-fortress perched on a ridge overlooking strategic Thimpu Valley. Built in 1629 by a lama who unified Bhutan, the building combines monastic and administrative use. With massive entry doors, high inward-sloping brick and stone walls with a red ochre stripe near the top, this is a typical dzong but also the oldest one which survived in its original form. Admire a large central figure of Sakyamuni flanked by eight bodhisattvas and the Chinese-style flared roof. You can watch the monks here or and observe a panorama with the city in the distance and a statue of golden Buddha. Put Simtokha Dzong on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Thimphu online visit planner .
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  • September 22, 2017
    This is one of the best Dzongs we visited in Bhutan. A bit off the route and very few tourists. Saw a few monks doing their prayers.  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    Stated to be Bhutan's oldest monastery, it is a nice and quiet place, where it is a revelation to see almost 100 monks chanting in unison.  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Bhutan's oldest Dzong is beautiful and oldworldishly charming. A must see, this Dzong is smaller than the others, but has many more authentic features.  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    The 1st zong. Worth visiting. A very nice aura at this place
  • June 16, 2017
    massive Fortress in southern Thimphu. It was the first fortress ever builtin the country inorder to unify the nation and also to protect from Tibetan Invasion. This is the only fortress where they dont have administrative function. It is a buddhist Monastic institute. The shrine inside where tourists are allowed to visit is beautifully kept with a big Buddha statue. Photograph is not allowed inside.
  • June 14, 2017
    A very place to explore if you reached in thimphu. It's the oldest dezong or temple in bhutan. A very place surrounded by the natures beauty. Everyone will be amazed that it is made of wood and stones in 16th century. To visit this place , time is 9 am to 5 pm. Everyday of the week. You can go inside the main temple but there is no photography allowed. So be careful about that. It is said that it is the first place in bhutan , from where demons are afraid and escaped it and the the initial place for startion of Buddhism in bhutan
  • June 20, 2017
    First Dzong (fortress) built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in Bhutan (1629)
  • June 4, 2017
    One of the first Dzong ever built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel.Beautiful Dzong.

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