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. Make Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten) part of your personalized Thimphu itinerary using our Thimphu vacation generator.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Thimphu Chorten is one of the first thing which we see in Thimphu if you are part of a guided tour of the city's attractions, The complex consists of 3 buildings and 2 of them is open to public. It is...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The Memorial Chorten is one of the most important monuments in the country, a stupa built by queen of the 2nd king, in memory of her late son, the 3rd King. Any day I visit the Chorten, I see young pe...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful place with very good energy. I feel at peace in this place. It is in Thimphu the capital of Bhutan. This is a must visit place if any one visits Bhutan. It was built in the memory of the 3rd...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    A very beautifully built Stupa in 1974 in the middle of Thimphu. A silent and meditating walk around would definitely keep your mind calm throughout. A must visit for all visiting Thimphu.
  • March 21, 2017
    Located in the centre of Thimphu. It is also known as "the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan". It has four entrances, one entrance is open for devotees to visit the shrine. Evening time is the best time to visit, when the lights are turned on. Evening you can also find people making round over the central shrine and chanting mantras. Perfect serenity rules here.
  • June 12, 2017
    A stupa built in the memory of late 3rd king of Bhutan by his mother in 1974. It is now a landmark in Thimphu city. You will see senior citizens going around the stupa as they believe that it is one way of accumulating good karma for this and next life as per Buddhism and people's believe
  • June 21, 2017
    A wonderful spiritual venue for practice. Centrally located with ample parking space.

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