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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 convinient to visit this most oldest Fort "Dzong" Simtokha Dzong. You can either do it on your drive from Paro to Thimphu or Thimphu to Punakha drive, its a must visit and no doubt its the ol...  more »
  • This is a monasty built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is the oldest fortress currently used for religious purpose . it was built in 1627. 
  • An oldest Dzong built by the founder of Bhutan- Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, it sits on a knoll commanding a view unparalleled to any and offers a very calm surrounding. Life here is slow, medieval yet ...  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