Le Méridien Thimphu
Chorten Lam, P.O. Box 01286 · Thimphu · Bhutan  · Phone:
+975 2 337788
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19:32
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The imposing Memorial Chorten at daytime
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Memorial Chorten

The Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa built in memory of the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and was built by his wife, Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck. However, unlike other chortens of a similar nature, the stupa does not house the mortal remains of the King; only his photo in a ceremonial dress adorns a hall on the ground floor, for the king had long dreamed to build a chorten that represents the "mind of the Buddha" - free from the forces that bind mortal beings to the world.

Owing to it's central location, the Chorten is frequently called the most visible religious structure in Thimphu. The stupa is shaped in the Tibetan style, also know as the Jangchup style, with paintings dawn along the interior of the chorten depicting larger than life size images of various tantric deities of the Buddhist pantheon.

The chorten is held in great religious fervor by the people, and the "Moelam Chenmo", also known as the Great Prayer Festival, is held here every year. Located just a few minutes away from the hotel, visiting the chorten offers guests an excellent introduction to the rich and varied cultural heritage of the country.

Location  :  Thimphu Dzongkhag
Distance from the hotel  : 0.5 km
Commute Time from the hotel
 : 5 minutes by walk
Best months to visit
 : Year Round