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Bhutan through the lens

 

Tashichhodzong

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal acquired Tashichho Dzong fortress of the auspicious religion in 1641. The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1771 and earthquake in 1897. In 1952 King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck renovated the Dzong in traditional style using neither nails nor written plans.

The Dzong is located on the banks of Wangchu River and it houses the throne room, offices of the King of Bhutan and religious head of Bhutan, Je Khenpo.

Memorial chorten

Memorial chorten, popularly known as Thimphu Chorten is a prominent landmark in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The chorten was built in 1974 to honor the third king of Bhutan.

The chorten is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its intricate sculptures and paintings. The visitors see that the elderly circumambulation the chorten throughout the day to reach one step closer to enlightenment.

Sitting Buddha

People do not believe that it is the largest sitting Buddha but they believe that it is the most handsome Buddha. Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuk, the thirteenth Druk Desi, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu.

The statue of Shakyamuni/Dordenma measures in at a height of 51.5 meters. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold.

The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century AD that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.