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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  • This was a pleasant Dzong that we visited just outside of Thimphu. It's on the way back from Dochula Pass. If you have been to Punakha Dzong you could probably give this one a miss.  more »
  • This is old Dzong which was in place when the capital of Bhutan was Phunakha.. Very picturesque and it sits on a small hill offering excellent views !!  more »
  • Shouldn't miss visiting the most important monument built by Founding Father of Bhutan His Holiness Zabdrung Rinpochela  more »
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  • Lovely old monastery. Slightly away from the city. Very peaceful and quiet place
  • Iconic Fort built by Guru Zhabdrung Rinpoche, founder of modern Bhutan, at the eastern entry point of Thimphu.
  • Beautiful place 😍... very peaceful... people are well mannered...
  • Is the oldest fortress built in 17th century by founder of Bhutan after he unified Bhutan.It was castle for Desi Jigme Namgyal in the time of internal strife and now seat monastic body and stopover for central monastic body while they shift summer residence to Thimphu.
  • Awesome place to visit and the monument is a marvel. Worth a visit.
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