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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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  • I visited this dzong on the way out of Thimphu and am glad that I chose to go there. One of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan, well maintained, heavily guarded. You have to enter your name and passport (ID ...  read more »
  • It is a beautiful location, such a well maintained place. History of the place is impressive. This is a must visit place 
  • Looks good from the road on the outskirts of Thimphu and Punakha. In a little small feeling gorgeous, I'm not. It was built by the person who unified Bhutan.
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