Clock Tower Square is located in the heart of Thimphu town as an architectural marvel and a pleasure to eyes. The Clock Tower Square has four clocks on each side at the top of the tower, and it makes it different from other buildings or structures in Bhutan.
The long dragons are the embodiments of the independence of the Kingdom of Bhutan. These dragons face the clock. The specialty of the Clock Tower is the impeccable blend of culture and art. This old monument represents the culture of Bhutan.
Lust Mountains and charming landscapes surround this public place in the heart of the city. You are free to behold the beauty of the temple and spend quality time around.
This most happening place in Thimphu takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the main town. It has got a laid-back atmosphere.
Several water fountains and ‘mani lhalhor’ or prayer wheels surround the clock tower square. You will find a few older people who walk around the square and spin the prayer wheels. This is where the old and new Bhutan converge. The sight of the most fashionable street is touted while rapping right next to the most conventional Gho and Kira's(national costumes) put on by the elderly.
Bhutanese carvings and paintings give it a typical Bhutanese architectural outlook. All four sides of the tower have the traditional hand-crafted long dragons made with golden paintings, which depicts it as an independent country. Beautiful flowers and carvings of dragons add to the charm of the tower.
Small three-storied structures are the specialty of the buildings around the square. The traditional and modern style of Bhutanese design is visible in shops, restaurants, and hotels. Uniformity to the overall structure comes out of the sloping roofs and whitewashed walls.
A Swiss friend gifted the clocks of the clock tower to the former Bhutanese King. Prayer wheels and fountains are other attractions that add to the spiritual charm of the clock tower. More than a landmark or timepiece, Bhutanese regard it as a comforting place that cumulates modern Bhutanese culture (hip-hop dancing, rapping, fashion, and streetwear).
A few special events like concerts, fairs, dance competitions attract a lot of crowd to the place where Bhutanese demonstrate their talents. The youth is adopting modern cultures like dance styles, rapping, and singing.
Please make it a point to visit the tower before 8 pm because shops, restaurants, and cafes get closed by 8 pm. After it, it grows into an eerie and lonely place. It takes just 10 minutes to explore the area. Shopping requires another hour to buy memoirs of Bhutan.
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.