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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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  • its very old and special to see. they house the eight bodhisattvas each statue is about 3m high, very beautiful and powerful place. now they also have a school for lay people there, to teach them dhar...  more »
  • This is the oldest monastery in Thimpu situated on a hilltop. The monastery is very quaint and makes you feel as if you have stepped back a few hundred years into history. Besides a huge statue of Bud...  more »
  • Historic Place ! Beautiful from inside. Must see to get the feel of Bhutan and its culture. Very impressive architecture of Simtokha Dzong.  more »
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  • The 1st zong. Worth visiting. A very nice aura at this place
  • 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.
  • 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
  • First Dzong (fortress) built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in Bhutan (1629)
  • One of the first Dzong ever built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel.Beautiful Dzong.

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