Tashichho Dzong, popularly known as the Thimphu Dzong stands on the western bank of river Wang Chu as a symbol for the capital city. Presently, it is the main administrative building, housing the Bhutanese government. Being the traditional seat of the Druk Desi (Dharma Raja), the beautiful structure comprises of the secretariat, throne room, and offices of King of Bhutan. Offices of other ministries are located in the nearby buildings.
HistoryThe Dzong was first built in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa on a ... read more
Perched on a hill about three miles away from Thimphu in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the Buddha Dordenma is an enormous statue of Gautama Buddha sitting inside a lotus. With a height of 169 feet, it is one of the largest Buddha Rupas in the world. The statue is made of bronze and gilded. Similar to this main effigy are 1,25,000 smaller ones that have also been made of bronze and gold-plated.
The ProphecyConstruction of the Buddha Dordenma comes with the backdrop of a prophecy made in 8th century A.D. by a reno... read more
The living art of weaving has always been integral to Bhutan’s culture and the government has constantly made efforts to keep it alive. Moving in the same direction, Her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck had the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan set up in 2005. This academy aims to preserve as well as promote this art. Apart from exhibiting the works of weaving, the academy works as a non-profit, non-governmental educational institution for training students in this art form.
A look inside…The mod... read more