Buddha Dordenma Statue

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Overview

Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Buddha statue in the East Himalayan mountains of Bhutan. This Buddha statue is one of the top tourist attractions in Thimphu and the enormous statues of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is perched in a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park facing the entrance to Thimphu Valley. On entry to Thimphu, this statue greets every tourist.

Shakyamuni Buddha statue lies in the remnants of the palace of Sherab Wangchuk, 13th Desi Druk of Bhutan. The construction was completed in 2015. Its large size baffles everyone. The statue sits at a height of 51.5 meters, and hence it is one of the gigantic statues of Buddha in the world. 

 

 

Architecture

The statue is made up of bronze and gilded in gold. Around 125,000 smaller Buddha statues are within the Buddha Dordenma statue with 100,000 statues of 8-inches tall and 25000 statues 12 inches tall. These little Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded.

The large meditation hall houses the throne, where the Buddha Dordenma sits. The sculpture delivers an old augury going back to the eighth century A.D. found by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer). Besides, it exudes an air of harmony and joy to the whole world. The meditation hall lists the name of sponsors and countries that helped in the construction of the statue.

At night, the city view is stunning, like a gold city amidst the hills. This sprawling statue is visible from every nook of the capital city Thimphu.

 

 

Legend

The statue fulfills two crucial prophecies. Yogi Sonam Sangpo envisioned a Buddhist statue that bestows happiness, peace, and blessings to the entire world. Besides, the statue finds mention by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century. Guru Padmasambhava prophesized that a second Buddha will emerge and improve harmony and peace around him. Everyone was earnestly awaiting the new Buddha. With this gigantic statue, this prophecy came true for all the devotees.

Chinese company Aerosun Corporation of China began construction in 2004 after sanctioning of land and grants. The construction was delayed and completed in 2015.  Completing the statute coincided with the 60th-anniversary celebration of the fourth king of Bhutan- Jigme Singye Wangchuk.

 

 

Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park

This park is home to the statue, and it was opened in 2011. Around 145 acres of the parkland was given to the monks of Bhutan.

If the time permits, you can visit hillside park, KuenselPhodrang Nature Park for amazing views, picnic, and photography.

 

 

Best Time to Visit

The early morning is the most appropriate time to go to Buddha Point.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Cab : You can hire a taxi or a cab from Thimphu to reach the Buddha point, which is 7 kilometers from Thimphu Town. From the Buddha point, you can walk to the statue in just 2/3 minutes. You can also approach this place by hike or mountain biking.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Free Entry :

Things To Do

  • Night Life In Thimphu
  • Memorial Chorten
  • Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
  • Semtokha Dzong
  • Tashichho Dzong
  • National Memorial Chorten
  • Folk Heritage Museum

Address

Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Thimphu, Bhutan

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abunaser ikram
abunaser ikram
04/11/2020 20:07
One of the major landmarks of Thimphu. This is a gigantic statue of Lord Buddha in sitting position located on the top of a hill. The height of this statue is 54 metres, the construction of which started in 2006 and completed in 2015. At the base of the statue there is a meditation hall and inside the hall there are 1,25,000 statues of miniature buddhas. This sport attracts locals as well as tourists.
Shiladitya Basu
Shiladitya Basu
01/22/2020 18:38
A magnanimous statue of Lord Buddha. The golden statue shines in the sun that can be seen from far. A fabulous effort to glorify Thimpu.
Suresh Sivaraman
Suresh Sivaraman
09/28/2019 06:25
Very nice place to visit. Peaceful and calm. View from the place is also very good. Make sure to take a guide along, there's a lot to learn about the history and significance of the place. We entered from the rear entrance, roamed around the compound and exited from the front entrance. It gave us a chance to explore the place at leisure. The Buddha statue is visible from the town below. View of the statue early in the morning is beautiful.
Chayan Mehta
Chayan Mehta
01/23/2020 18:57
Big Buddha statue and Thimphu City view.
Mayank Sharma
Mayank Sharma
09/05/2019 08:58
Must visit place. Amazing view of the city. Photographer's delight

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FAQs

You can hire a taxi or a cab from Thimphu to reach the Buddha point, which is 7 kilometers from Thimphu Town. From the Buddha point, you can walk to the statue in just 2/3 minutes. You can also approach this place by hike or mountain biking.
You have to reach Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, to visit Buddha Statue.
These restaurants are situated near Buddha Dordenma (1.70 km) Chh'a Bistro & Bar, (1.27 km) Babesa Village Restaurant, (3.09 km) Ambient Cafe, (3.13 km) The Zone and (3.14 km) Zombala2 Restaurant.
Buddha Dordenma timings are from Sun to Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
You will get plenty of options for hotels with comfortable rooms, heater, and breakfast facilities, depending on your budget. Following hotels are near Buddha Dordenma (1.16 km) Ramada Valley Thimphu, (2.11 km) Terma Linca Resort & Spa, (2.97 km) dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu, (3.03 km) Hotel Thimphu Towers, and (3.01 km) Le Meridien Thimphu.
As per the reciprocal visa-free travel system, Indians do not require a visa to travel to Bhutan. Indians have to carry any of the two documents for correct identification Indian Passport having validity of a minimum of six months or Voter Identity Card.
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