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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  • Lovely old monastery. Slightly away from the city. Very peaceful and quiet place
  • Iconic Fort built by Guru Zhabdrung Rinpoche, founder of modern Bhutan, at the eastern entry point of Thimphu.
  • Beautiful place 😍... very peaceful... people are well mannered...
  • Is the oldest fortress built in 17th century by founder of Bhutan after he unified Bhutan.It was castle for Desi Jigme Namgyal in the time of internal strife and now seat monastic body and stopover for central monastic body while they shift summer residence to Thimphu.
  • Awesome place to visit and the monument is a marvel. Worth a visit.
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