Places To Visit In Thimpu

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Country rank: 2 out of 14 Places To Visit In Bhutan

Sub-Region: Thimphu District

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Here are the top 45 tourist attractions to see in Thimphu:

1. Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong

4.4

2 kms
from city center

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1 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

One of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan, the Tashichho Dzong now serves as a government building where many government, king offices and ministries are put up.

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2. Memorial Chorten

Memorial Chorten

4.2

1 kms
from city center

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2 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

The Memorial Chorten, also known as Thimphu Chorten/ Memorial Stupa is one of the tallest monuments in Thimphu. Located in the southern central part of the city, in Doeboom Lam, the Stupa attracts tourists from all around the globe with its elegant architecture. The Chorten is a place that would giv...

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3. Buddha Dordenma

Buddha Dordenma

4.2

3 kms
from city center

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3 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

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 b...

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4. Changangkha Lhakhang

Changangkha Lhakhang

4.3

1 kms
from city center

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4 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

An auspicious site overflowing with religious faith and purity, Changangkha Lhakhang is the pride of Thimphu. Bustling with devotees and kids, this holy site is visited by parents to keep name for their newborn babies.

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5. Simtokha Dzong

Simtokha Dzong

4.1

5 kms
from city center

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5 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Overlooking the entire Thimphu valley, the Simtokha Dzong is located 5kms south of central Thimphu. Simtokha Dzong is also known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang, which means "Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras". Not just a religious structure, it is also a prominent Dzongkha learning instit...

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6. Folk Heritage Museum of Thimphu

Folk Heritage Museum of Thimphu

4.0

1 kms
from city center

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6 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Giving an insight into the culture of Bhutan under one roof, Folk Heritage Museum preserves and flaunts the folk tradition of the country. Set up in 2001, the museum is set up inside a three-storeyed house, having the soberest facade, which makes the place even more distinguished. Bhutanese cuisine,...

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7. Thimphu Weekend Market

Thimphu Weekend Market

4.2

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Offering endless opportunities to peek into the culture of the country and to interact with locals, the Weekend Market of Thimphu is the city's star on Saturdays and Sundays. Located at the north of Changlimithang Stadium, at the west bank of the Wang Chhu, the market is bustling with traders and cu...

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8. Tango Monastery

Tango Monastery

4.1

14 kms
from city center

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8 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Tango Monastery enriches one's travel experience with its serene aura and quaint environment keeping in with Bhutanese tradition of focusing on spirituality more than fancy facades. Located near the Cheri Mountains in Thimphu, the Tango Monastery is a prominent Buddhist learning centre in Bhuta...

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9. National Institute for Zorig Chusum

National Institute for Zorig Chusum

4.0

1 kms
from city center

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9 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

National Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the painting school, not only preserves the traditional Bhutanese Art but also passes it on to the next generation. Watching young people work with undivided attention is quite mesmerising and inspiring. Sewing, ornament-making, painting and car...

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10. Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

4.0

1 kms
from city center

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10 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

A spectacular building in Thimphu, Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan was founded in 2005 to preserve the cultural art of weaving textiles. Here, young Bhutanese students are taught weaving without any profit-making. Adorned clothes and beautiful textiles can be seen on display here, which give an insi...

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11. Bhutan Post Office Headquarters

Bhutan Post Office Headquarters

4.0

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Bhutan Post Office Headquarters of Thimphu is home to the world's largest photo book. It is situated close to Changlam Square, preserving the ancient tradition of sending out postcards. It's a paradise for a philatelist with all types and shapes of stamps, ranging from circular to rectangular to the...

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12. National Institute of Traditional Medicine

National Institute of Traditional Medicine

3.9

1 kms
from city center

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12 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

The National Institute of Traditional Medicine in Thimphu has been preserving the herbs and animal parts used in traditional Bhutanese ointments and medicines collected from the Himalayas for ages. Here, all the diseases, no matter how acute or severe, are treated using these ancient practices. Pres...

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13. National Textile Museum in Thimphu

National Textile Museum in Thimphu

3.7

1 kms
from city center

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13 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

The National Textile Museum gives a glimpse of Bhutanese history in terms of clothes and textiles. One can find traditional Bhutanese artefacts such as the wedding dresses worn by former kings and queens, the conventional nomadic textiles and much more. This building is a storehouse of information a...

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14. National Library of Bhutan

National Library of Bhutan

3.8

1 kms
from city center

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14 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Established in 1967 in the heart of Thimphu, the National Library of Bhutan houses national archives of Bhutan along with Tibetan and Bhutanese texts and manuscripts. There are photo frames of historical incidents hanging on the wall, which are also quite fascinating. The place is tranquil, and you ...

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15. Cheri Gompa

Cheri Gompa

3.5

14 kms
from city center

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15 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Bhutan's first-ever monastery, Cheri Gompa was founded in 1620 by Zhabrung Ngawang Namgyal. An hour-long hike to Cheri Gompa's topmost part greets you with a picturesque view of lush valleys and green forests. The trail takes you through Tango Monastery, crossing the bridge over Wang chhu which then...

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16. Choki Traditional Art School

Choki Traditional Art School

3.5

9 kms
from city center

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16 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Choki Traditional Art School exhibits the dedication of little kids towards art. Established in the year 1999, the school was founded by Thrimdep Choki Dorji who was keen on teaching arts to the rural and economically unstable children. These kids were interested in learning arts but could...

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17. Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

3.4

4 kms
from city center

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17 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Using traditional Bhutanese methods to produce an authentic handmade paper which is called "Dehsho"; the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory preserves the age-old Bhutanese traditions. It makes one rich in knowledge about the process of paper-making and also produces a variety of handmade products. A tou...

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18. Simply Bhutan

Simply Bhutan

3.4

1 kms
from city center

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18 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Flaunting the rich Bhutanese culture to the world, Simply Bhutan Museum displays the impressive traditions and gives a glimpse of the country's history. A one-of-its kind "living" museum, visitors get to enjoy the Bhutanese songs, folk dances and finger-licious cuisine. One can actually live the cou...

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19. Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu

Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu

3.3

1 kms
from city center

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19 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

An exemplary place for budding artists, Voluntary Artists Studio in Thimphu provides vocational art and painting classes to young people. Here, people keeping a deep passion in art come together to discuss about its beauty and significance. The most significant art gallery in Thimphu, beautiful and ...

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20. Motithang Takin Preserve

Motithang Takin Preserve

3.3

3 kms
from city center

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20 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

The crown jewel of Thimphu, Motithang Takin Preserve is a protected area where the national animal of Bhutan, Takin, is preserved. A half an hour walk here would unveil many exotic birds and animals to you, who wander around the area freely and in the most natural of habitat. Overflowing with sereni...

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21. Dechen Phodrang

Dechen Phodrang

3.3

3 kms
from city center

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21 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Dechen Phodrang, also known as Palace of great bliss, is a monastic school (Lobra) in Thimphu. It is home to above 500 monks and provides them with a prestigious eight-year course. Situated on a valley 4km away from Gaden Lam, it offers a mesmerising view of Thimphu. This two storey splendid dzong h...

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22. Clock Tower Square of Thimphu

Clock Tower Square of Thimphu

3.3

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Situated in the heart of town, Clock Tower Square is an architecture marvel and a pleasure to eyes. It is basically a tower with four clock faces, which makes it different from any other building or structure in Bhutan. One of the most popular site among visitors, people usually visit here in the ev...

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23. Phajoding Monastery

Phajoding Monastery

3.3

7 kms
from city center

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23 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Located at 3 hours uphill trek from Thimphu, Phajoding Monastery is one of the most peaceful sites in Bhutan. Currently, it is a residence for around 30 monks, all of whom are very friendly to talk to. Built in 13th century, the architecture of this monastery is simple, yet attractive. It is best vi...

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24. Changlimithang Archery Ground

Changlimithang Archery Ground

3.3

0 kms
from city center

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24 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Promoting archery among the locals and visitors, Changlimithang Archery Ground is a good site to try archery using professional help. Here, one can always find archery enthusiasts practising in the early morning. Seeing them hitting the target bird-eye from a distance of more than 100 metres is trul...

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25. Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory

Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory

3.3

1 kms
from city center

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25 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Tempting the visitors with pleasant smells of roses, vanilla, lavender and everything that one can possibly think of, Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory produces more than ten thousand incense sticks of different kinds every month. On your visit here, the entire process which goes behind manufacturing ...

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26. Zilukha Nunnery

Zilukha Nunnery

3.3

2 kms
from city center

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26 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Built more than half a century ago, Zilukha Nunnery is also known as Druthob Goemba. Housing around 60 nuns in its premises, a visit to the site energizes the soul because of its peaceful surroundings, which lures one's mind to never leave the site. From here, the spectacular view of Tashichho Dzong...

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27. Goldsmiths Workshop

Goldsmiths Workshop

3.3

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Probably the richest building in Thimphu, Goldsmiths Workshop witnesses hundreds of copper and silver items made everyday by young Bhutanese men. From melting to moulding to hardening, the entire process of making a jewelery item can be seen here. Not just jewelery, but other metal items such as mon...

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28. Pangri Zampa

Pangri Zampa

3.2

7 kms
from city center

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28 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Pangri Zampa is Bhutan's national centre of traditional astrology. Situated at about 8kms from Thimphu, the monastery is on the way to Tango and Cheri Gompa. Known to be one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, Zhabdrug Ngawang Namgyal founded it in 1616. Here, the young monks are trained by the old...

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29. BBS Tower

BBS Tower

3.2

2 kms
from city center

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29 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

A lovers' paradise, Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower or BBS Tower is a 2,865 metres high elevated tower which offers an exquisite view of the whole town of Thimphu. Also known as Sangaygang, this is very popular among visitors because of the beautiful panaroma of the lush valleys that it provides. ...

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30. Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park

3.2

39 kms
from city center

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30 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Bhutan's largest national park, spanning across western Thimphu, Paro and the entire Gasa district, Jigme Dorji National Park houses many exquisite wildlife species such as Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Markot etc. The sight of some of the most popular mountain peaks from here, such as Mount Jomolhari, m...

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31. Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre

Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre

3.2

1 kms
from city center

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31 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Located on the south end of Thimphu in Changzamtog, the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre provides Bhutan's finest fabrics. Promoting the traditional Bhutanese art of weaving, Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre makes sincere efforts to keep roots of the country alive. Here, the weavers and handloom workers...

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32. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

3.2

26 kms
from city center

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32 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

A Buddhist monastery in Paro, Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is a replica of Guru Rinpoche's celestial abode and truly a glory in itself. Built in 1990 by Dasho Aku Tongmi, who also composed the National Anthem of Bhutan, this beautiful structure houses several statues of Buddhist Gurus, many of which are as...

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33. Changlimithang Stadium

Changlimithang Stadium

3.2

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

The national stadium of Bhutan, Changlimithang Stadium holds many events apart from that of sports' and has a rich history. It is founded on the battle ground of 1885, which holds a great political significance for Ugyen Wangchuk, the first king of Bhutan. Archery matches are conducted here and from...

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34. Bhutan Postal Museum

Bhutan Postal Museum

3.2

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Established in 2015, Bhutan Postal Museum is a philatelist's paradise. Displaying the evolution of Bhutanese stamps from ancient to modern times, all kinds of postal stamps, ranging from a square shape to 3D designs, are shown here. The main objective was to narrate the evolution of communication in...

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35. Royal Botanical Garden, Thimphu

Royal Botanical Garden, Thimphu

3.2

5 kms
from city center

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35 out of 45
Places To Visit in Thimphu

Situated on the Punakha road near Dochula Pass, Royal Botanical Garden is the first-ever botanical garden in Bhutan. It is an excellent place for horticulturists offering a variety of flora. The Botanical garden also houses a children's park and is a favourite picnic spot among locals.

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36. Coronation Park, Thimphu

Coronation Park, Thimphu

3.2

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Coronation Park, also known as the Centenary Park is located at the entrance of Thimphu on the banks of Wangchu (River). It is a popular picnic spot adorned by a statue of Buddha which is placed at the centre of the park. With beautiful varieties of flowers, sixty species of plants and trees, the pa...

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37. Wangditse Goemba

Wangditse Goemba

3.2

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Mostly visited by hikers on their way up from Sangaygang (BBS Tower), Wangditse Goemba is a hillside fortification, surrounded by pine and rhododendron forests. Founded in the year 1750, the Goemba was reconstructed by the craftspeople and graduates of Zorig Chusum. The main highlight of t...

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38. SAARC Building

SAARC Building

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Proudly housing the national assembly, SAARC Building in Thimphu was built in 1990s to hold SAARC conferences and meetings. An architecture marvel, the building is colourful and vibrant. Since it is an important government site, entry is not allowed due to security reasons. But the building is a goo...

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39. Bhutan Thailand Friendship Park

Bhutan Thailand Friendship Park

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Bhutan Thailand Friendship Park is a little park in the heart of the town which remarks the friendly and compassionate relationship between the two countries Bhutan and Thailand. This park has many children rides which are really enjoyed by little kids. An auspicious chapel called Dolma Lhakhang is ...

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40. Hong Tsho Goemba

Hong Tsho Goemba

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

A marvellous piece of art, Hongtsho Goemba is one of the most sacred and divine sites in Thimphu. Built in 1786, it is usually visited by visitors on their way to Punakha. Housing monks and nuns, the colourful paintings of lotus and buddhist Gurus add glory to this already glorious place.

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41. Terton Gallery

Terton Gallery

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Terton Gallery is a beautiful art gallery, run by Bhutanese celebrity Kelly. Founded in 2001, it has several mind-boggling artifacts and antiques well preserved and displayed in the most impeccable manner. Here, not just the national works of famous personalities are displayed, but also that of huge...

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42. Thadrak Goemba

Thadrak Goemba

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Thimphu

Located on a small hill just outside Thimphu, the hike to Thadrak Goemba is moderately difficult, since the path is steep. However, the beautiful view of the surrounding hills and valleys from the top make all the efforts worth. The monastery is small and simple, with a very tranquilising aura. The ...

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