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Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu Overview

The quaint town of Thimphu is home to a 51 metres tall gold-plated statue of Buddha Dordenma, which is entirely made up of steel. The night sees this statue beautifully illuminated and makes it even better sight to behold. The statue houses around 125,000 spectacular smaller Buddha statues made of bronze and plated in gold, each of which looks like the Dordenma itself.

Built amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, it marks your entry in Thimphu. The golden gilded statue is a marvel to behold, especially at nights, when it shines against the dark sky. The base of the statue, which is 3 storeys tall, is a meditation hall. It is one of the largest Buddha Stupas in the world. 

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Architecture of the Buddha Dordenma

The statue of Buddha Dordenam, as grand as almighty itself, was not actually constructed in Bhutan. Instead, it was built in China and then transferred to Bhutan in pieces. The pieces were then joined together to form this enormous sculpture, as we see it today.

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The base of this is a grand statue is actually a meditation hall, where people visit to meditate and pray. The statue itself houses 125000 smaller statues of Buddha, all of them built up of bronze and gilded in gold. A hundred thousand statues among these are 10 inches tall and the rest of them are 12 inches tall each.

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History of the Buddha Dordenma

One of the largest Buddha statues in the world, the Buddha Dordenma was built in 2015 on the merry occasion of 60th birthday of the fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It is also believed that the grand statue fulfils an ancient prophecy by Terton Pema Lingpa, which was made in as early as the 8th century. It was prophesied that an enormous statue of Buddha would be erected to bring harmony and peace to the entire world.

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How To Reach Buddha Dordenma

Located next to the Memorial Chorten and Simtokha Dzong, a cab can be hired from any part of Thimphu to reach the Buddha Dordenma.

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