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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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  • Located a little distance away from Thimphu city, this dzong is held in high reverence by the people of Bhutan as it is the first Dzong in Bhutan built by the Zhabdrung, who is regarded as the unifier...  more »
  • It is one of the oldest Dzong of Bhutan but not very big like Punakha. Photography is not allowed inside. The interior is well decorated. Monks & student monks in red rob were busy in study.Buddha sta...  more »
  • It is the oldest in Bhutan is located in the southern outskirts of the city of Thimphu Dzong. Here the ambiance atmosphere may feel intimidated in Dzong in Bhutan throughout the splendidly. It was very beautiful panoramic views, away.
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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