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Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu

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Must see · Monument · Tourist Spot
Examine an enormous statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha at Kuenselphodrang, which celebrates the 60th birthday of Bhutan's fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Built in 2015, the 51 m (169 ft) bronze statue gilded in gold overlooks the southern tip of the nation's capital. The ornamented interior shelters over 100,000 Buddha icons, each made of the same material as the grandiose monument. Besides exploring the structure, you can also take photographs of the panoramic scenery and meander through the forest in the nearby nature park. Make Kuenselphodrang a centerpiece of your Thimphu vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Thimphu online trip maker.
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  • Right from the moment, we entered Thimpu we could see the grand statue, it's almost visible from everywhere in the city. Visiting the premises was even more breathtaking, on one side you have the...  more »
  • Was a very pleasant experience. Very nice place and very spiritual. very clean and well-maintained. We will certainly visit again.  more »
  • The Statue of Lord Buddha is so huge and so amazing. One would always enjoy visiting this place having a glimpse of the Himalayas. This place is really awesome. Had a wonderful experience.
  • One of the major landmarks of Thimphu. This is a gigantic statue of Lord Buddha in sitting position located on the top of a hill. The height of this statue is 54 metres, the construction of which started in 2006 and completed in 2015. At the base of the statue there is a meditation hall and inside the hall there are 1,25,000 statues of miniature buddhas. This spot attracts locals as well as tourists.

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