Clock Tower Square

Overview

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.

 

 

Architecture

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

  • Sunday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Monday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Tuesday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Wednesday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Thursday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Friday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Saturday : 12:00 am to 11:59 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 : Clock Tower lies below Norzin Lam. You can take a cab to reach Clock Tower from any part of Thimphu in no time. Folk Heritage Museum, Memorial Chorten, and Bhutan Post Office Headquarters are at a walking distance from Clock Tower.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Price : Free

Things to Do at Clock Tower

  • The Clock Tower Square is the activity center of Thimphu.
  • You can savor Bhutanese cuisine in the café and restaurant of Clock Tower Square. Druk Hotel is famous for its Indian food.
  • Behold the spectacular view of the valley surrounding Thimphu Valley from Clock Tower Square.
  • You can visit an amphitheater and partake in the cultural and musical event in Clock Tower Square.
  • Besides, you can test your prowess in archery at the archery range located near the clock tower.
  • You can buy souvenirs from many shopping centers around for your relatives and friends. Shop and get absorbed in the culture of the city. Clothes, shoes, phones, and traditional Bhutanese gift items like hand-woven bags and prayer wheels are available.
  • Live music performance adds to the ambiance of the clock tower square. It is also possible to see a concert or a small play at times.
  • A small playground for kids is the right picnic spot to spend your evening.
  • You can spin the colorful prayer wheels as a fun task.
  • Trade fairs, musical events, and other activities keep happening from time to time.
  • It draws the youth with interests like dancing, small football games, video games, and hanging out.
  • Sometimes a group of mountain bikers gets together to display their skills. They ride their bikes from the top of the stairs at the square and land at the bottom of the square without falling or crashing.

Address

Norzin Lam 1, Thimphu, Bhutan

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FAQs

Clock Tower Square has four faces & has cravings of traditional dragon & flowers.The dragon symbolizes Bhutan as the Independent Dragon Kingdom. The people can see the prayer wheels & water fountain which adds charm to the Clock Tower Square.
The best time to visit Clock Tower Square is from March to June.It is said during night the view of Clock Tower Square looks amazing.
You can enjoy Indian and Bhutanese delicacies at restaurants around Clock Tower. Zombala, Ambient Café, the Zone are some of the chill hangout places to dine at affordable costs.
Clock Tower lies below Norzin Lam. You can get Clock Tower from any part of Thimphu in no time. Folk Heritage Museum, Memorial Chorten, and Bhutan Post Office Headquarters are at a walking distance from Clock Tower.
You can indulge in various activities like You can savor Bhutanese cuisine in the café and restaurant of Clock Tower Square. Druk Hotel is famous for its Indian food. Behold the spectacular view of the valley surrounding Thimphu Valley from Clock Tower Square. You can visit an amphitheater and partake in the cultural and musical event in Clock Tower Square. Besides, you can test your prowess in archery at the archery range located near the clock tower.
Restaurants near Clock Tower Square: (0.01 km) Musk (0.03 km) Thija Cafe (0.04 km) GA-WA Restaurant (0.04 km) Tower Cafe (0.05 km) Chhota Bheem's Fast Food
Hotels near Clock Tower Square: (0.03 km) Hotel Thimphu Towers (0.04 km) Hotel Singye (0.04 km) Druk Hotel Thimphu (0.05 km) Hotel Ghasel (0.05 km) Hotel Dhey-Kyid
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