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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 institute in the country. It is often said to be the first Dzongs built in Bhutan.
The word Simtokha literally translates to "Atop a Demon" and has a legend associated with it. It was made to petrify an evil spirit which was scaring away the travellers. Rich in royal values, the unique architectural feature of this traditional Dzong is that its central tower Utse has twelve sides. The evenings see this majestic dzong beautifully lit up, making for one of the gorgeous sights in Thimphu.
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