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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  • One of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan and of particular significance because of its association with Shabdrung the man who unified Bhutan. It is small and very personal.  more »
  • Built in the seventeenth century, it has come to our day in its orignal construction since it has not run the bad luck of other buildings and has not had any fire or earthquake that destroyed it. The temple that in the current one is used as a Buddhist school and knowledge of the Mantras. It is also as if we say the guardian temple of the language of Butan and is also the best "language school" in the country. Recommended
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  • Home of an incredible temple, where we had the opportunity to visit while monks were in class. I would have spent the whole day there watching if I could
  • It was a fortress, but now it's temple cum Monk's school. Many Monk practice the mantras here. You can visit and see the chanting.
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