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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. To visit Simtokha Dzong and other attractions in Thimphu, use our Thimphu trip generator.
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  • Thimphu tour starts from this place, it's an ancient historical temple with a good viewpoint. It's the oldest Dzong in Thimphu which is commonly known as a fort otherwise. The structure is completely ...  more »
  • Its ostensibly the oldest of the Bhutanese dzongs. Its a neat little piece. The temple inside is old and actually quite impressive with a large statue of Avalokiteshwar. Admire the battlements and wal...  more »
  • This 350 year old Buddhist Dzong can be visited on the way from Bhutan to Paro. The interiors are heavenly & awesome, with gigantic wooden structures.  more »
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  • The first ever dzong built in Bhutan. Really impressive structure
  • Dzong!!! Nice tourist attraction. A must visit in Bhutan.
  • Awesome structure
  • It is now a Buddhist college.
  • good place