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. Put Simtokha Dzong on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Thimphu online visit planner .
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  • Considering the amount of Dzong's in Bhutan, its easy to get bored (since most of them have similar interiors and exteriors). I would suggest clicking photos from a vantage point and not going to the ...  more »
  • about 5 km from thimpu said secret mantra ' Palace built in 1600 there are green Tara statues, white
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  • Altough this is the first dzong in Bhutan, it's like all the rest. Maybe I was dzong'd out by this point. You can't take photos inside now. I wouldn't go out of your way.  more »
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  • It's a nice, beautiful and a very peaceful place. The monastry inside features beautifully preserved gold statutes.
  • Such a nice place, there is a beautiful Cave here. It is connected with the main road by an amazing tunnel road.
  • So nice peaceful dzong
  • Nice fort. Inside there is a Buddha temple
  • Located close to the valley side in Thimphu. Beautiful architecture & positivity throughout.
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