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