Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu

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In the heart of the city, examine a popular landmark with golden bells and spires at Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten). Built in 1972 to honor Bhutan's head of state, the structure resembles a classical Tibetan stupa crowned with a sun and crescent moon. Unlike other stupas, however, this one does not contain enshrined human remains. As you approach the memorial through a small garden, observe the representations of bodhisattvas at the gate, which symbolize power. Explore the interior's elaborately carved annexes, mandalas, statues, and shrines containing pictures of Bhutan's kings. Also, visit the chorten, or large red prayer wheels, which many devotees circumambulate clockwise to receive blessings. Plan my trip to Thimphu with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The stupa in memory of the 3rd king of Bhutan is a beautiful building. The activities around it with prostrations, kora walking and prayer wheels make this an interesting place to visit for tourists  more »
  • i could see lost of people gathered her to free our mind from being alone and was very interesting to see people and interacting with old age person here  more »
  • You can see the locals with their prayer drum and circling the chorten. It is in the heart of the city. Although as tourist you may not understand the importance next to the military hospital.  more »
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  • This is a monument built in the memory of the beloved Third king of Bhutan, remembered dearly as the father of modern Bhutan. Once, the monument was the tallest structure in the entire city... It has seen the city grow over time around it. 2017 Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition happened here and the event has given the place the much needed facelift. Now Nu.300 entry fee is charged for visitors, but for locals in formal dress and international tourist it's free entry. Enjoy the beautiful heritage site.
  • The landmark of Thimphu. A must see in Thimphu. If you can catch any special event here, it will be an memorable event for you. The rhythm and synchronisation of the prayer will fill heart with calmness, peace and joy. Please maintain the rules and rituals when you visit here as it is a religious place.
  • A great place to visit and take photographs. But during local auspicious days, its packed.
  • The iconic chorten or stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. People from all walks of life can be seen circumambulating the structure, thanking for the blessings and seeking solace in their prayers.
  • The Chorten is a spiritual place for Buddhists. It is located at center of the Thimphu city. People mostly elderly Bhutanese circumambulate the Chorten and whirl the large red prayer wheels throughout the day . The chorten is a large white structure with a golden spire crowning it and a smaller golden spire above the front porch.
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