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Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu

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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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  • I've done the visit by walking up (and down). It takes some time, but it is worth it. In January there were only a few other people (on a working day) - so the experience was even better. Must see... 
    I've done the visit by walking up (and down). It takes some time, but it is worth it. In January there were only a few other people (on a working day) - so the experience was even better. Must see...  more »
  • We like the place very much and such a beautiful view from place. Bhutan is unique culture and heritage of such a beautiful country Bhutan. 
    We like the place very much and such a beautiful view from place. Bhutan is unique culture and heritage of such a beautiful country Bhutan.  more »
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  • One of the largest Buddha statues in the world, Buddha Dordenma is a masterpiece of architectural wonder. The massive bronze statue is more than 50 meters in height and is gilded in gold. Apart from this it also houses 125,000 other Buddha statues that are placed surrounding the Buddha Dordenma statue. Sitting royally atop a great meditation hall, this Buddha statue exudes peace and tranquillity. The Buddha point is about 7 km from the Thimphu Town, and one can easily reach the Buddha point by hiring a cab.
  • This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 m, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue; 100,000 statues of which are 8-inches-tall and 25,000 statues of which are 12 inches tall. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

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