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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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  • When I visited this dzong there weren't many tourists. It was great having the place all to myself. This Dzong isn't as big as Paro or Punakha Dzongs'. Nonetheless it is very important to the people h...  more »
  • A quaint and interesting place, The monks are quite happy to share the history of the place and the buddhist folklore. The statue is in excellent shape. 
  • Relatively few tourists visit this old and venerable buildings. Is all the more popular with the locals. Many parents come with their offspring, and thank you for the blessing of children. A very touching place for all those who want to experience a piece of authentic Buddhist practice.
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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