Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan

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Location: Thimphu, Bhutan
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The 51 meters tall Buddha statue graces the Thimphu city. The monumental complex is high up on the hills overlooking the valley. To preserve the sanctity of this place, the entire surrounding environment remains protected. The complex is accessible by road and it is 10 minute drive away from the city center.

The giant statue is casted in bronze and gilded with gold. The face of the Buddha which faces towards the east catches the rays of the rising sun before lighting up the entire city fitting the perfect sanctimonious description. Hundreds of people locals and tourists visit the monument to circumambulate and offer prayers.

The statue houses a three storied infrastructure. It has a large prayer hall curated with 125,000 small Buddha statues. The interior is ostentatiously gilded in gold and exquisitely hand crafted. It is worth taking a tour inside the Buddha statue.

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Written by Richard Ascough

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