A massive bronze statue of the Buddha, the Buddha Dordenma is an iconic monument complex currently under construction on a mountainside overlooking the city of Thimphu. Viewable from any part of the city, the statue is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, who ruled the country from 1744 to 1763.
Open for tourists to visit, upon completion, the monument will accommodate an estimated 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded Buddhas respectively, and become one of the largest Buddha Rupas (or statues) in the world, at a height of 169 feet. From the base of the statue, tourists and locals alike enjoy sweeping views of the city nestled in the valley below.
The monument complex is part of a greater whole, and also includes the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park, a 943 acre forest preserve inaugurated in 2011 to preserve the forests surrounding the statue.
|Distance from the hotel||:||5.2 km|
|Commute Time from the hotel
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