National Memorial Chhorten, Thimphu

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149.95 - 299.91

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Overview

Thimphu Chorten or the National Memorial Chorten is one of the grandest monuments in the southern central part of Thimphu. The elegant architecture of Memorial Stupa in Doeboom Lam draws tourists from all around the globe. This stupa was dedicated to world peace to commemorate the third Druk Gyalpo.

The literal meaning of Chorten in the local language is "the seat of faith." The Buddhists refer to these monuments as "Mind of Buddha."

Unusual sculptures, wall carvings, and excellent artwork highlight Buddhist culture and its legacy. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third his highness of Bhutan, is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. This monument was adorned with statues and paintings to honor king majesty.

The memorial Choren of Thimphu is the only Stupa in Bhutan which does not embalm remains of any saints or kings. This chorten forms a significant landmark in the Thimphu city. 

 

 

History of the Memorial Chorten

As per the Nyingma tradition, the Memorial Chorten of Thimphu was brought about by Thinley Norbu(1904-1987). Ashi Phuentsho Choden Wangchuck, the sovereign mother of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, ordered to construct it in 1974 to represent the mind of Buddha. His Highness wanted this Chorten in the memory of Jigme Dorji. Druk Gyalpo’s mother, Phuntsho Choden, was the chief patron.

In 2008, an extensive renovation was undertaken to mark it as a prominent traveler milestone. It does not enshrine human remains. The photo of Druk Gyalpo in a ceremonial dress is the main attraction in chorten.

 

 

The Architecture of the Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial Chorten, or the Thimphu Chorten, is constructed in the conventional Tibetan style. There is a pyramidal column topped by a crescent moon and sun. What makes it not the same as others, however, is the round piece of the structure which expands outwards toward one side, in this manner giving it the presence of a jar. The Chorten is decorated with gigantic pictures of furious divinities in the company of their female partners.

One of the most religious structures in the entire town, the Thimphu Chorten, is constructed in a traditional Tibetan style. A golden spire caps the white-colored stupa. A marvelous and maintained garden in front of it adds to the beauty of this iconic chorten. There are three slate carvings on the main gate of this three-storeyed Chorten, and three Bodhisattvas are also erected on the front entrance. In Buddhism, Bodhisattva is a person who can attain nirvana but avoids doing so through compassion for other people.

Like the most religious structures in the whole town, the Thimphu Chorten is developed in a typical Tibetan style. A brilliant tower tops the white-hued stupa. A beautiful and well-maintained garden adds to the appeal of this notable chorten. There are three slate carvings on the main gate of this three-storeyed Chorten, and three Bodhisattvas are raised on the front passage.

These Bodhisattvas stands for empathy (through Avalokiteshvara), information (through Manjushri), and force (through Vajrapani). The large prayer wheels at the entrance are striking as a result of their size. Turning them is an exciting involvement with itself.

There are four hallowed places inside the Chorten, every one of them having an interesting image of the ruler. Each floor has four shrines. There are wooden carvings of defensive gods. Here, lessons from the Nyingmapa sect are preserved. There is a perpetual procession of the third ruler's photos and a plethora of information about him.

The ground floor is consecrated to the teachings of Vajrakilya. A staircase takes you to two more stories from the ground floor, and each floor houses four shrines.  All four shrines carry different pictures of the king. All three levels cover a centrally placed large wooden carving, and these wooden carvings depict wrathful looking protective deities.

The second floor is dedicated to the Drukpa Lineage learnings of the Kagyud school to subdue eight varieties of evil spirits. Likewise, the top floor is dedicated to the learnings of Lama Gongdu. The teachings of the Nyingmapa sect are esoteric on these three floors. Padmasambhava hid all the texts that tentons rediscovered in the 19th, 12th, and 14th centuries.

 

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 05:30 am to 06:30 pm
  • Tuesday : 05:30 am to 06:30 pm
  • Wednesday : 05:30 am to 06:30 pm
  • Thursday : 05:30 am to 06:30 pm
  • Friday : 05:30 am to 06:30 pm
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 06:30 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 Taxi : You can hire a taxi or cab from Thimphu to reach the Memorial Chorten, which is located close to Thimphu city center. The National Folk Heritage Museum and Bhutan Post Office Headquarters lie close to each other.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Foreigners : Foreigners (Except tariff payers) is BTN 300(299.91 INR).
  • Students : Students' entry charges are BTN 150(149.95 INR).

 

Things to Do

  • The gallery on the highest floor offers fantastic views of Thimphu. Strolling along there and catching the beautiful sight in the camera is an extraordinary experience.
  • Move around the Chorten the clockwise way. Spin the huge prayer wheels and enjoy a fantastic view from that point. 
  • The atmosphere gives a peaceful and relaxing vibe for everyone. The grounds around the stupa houses park area, green grass, and a pleasant ambiance.
  • Observe the monuments of Tantric Buddhism in the topmost hall of memorial Chorten of Thimphu.
  • Improve your understanding of the life and work of third Bhutanese king Jigme Signe Wangchuk in the memorial Chorten of Thimphu.
  • Study and marvel at the sculptures and paintings at the National Memorial Chorten, an impressive monument dedicated to Tantric Buddhism. Enrich yourself as you gain extraordinary insights into Buddhist philosophy, reflecting the peaceful and wrathful aspects of Buddhist deities.

Address

National Memorial Chhorten, Thimphu, Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

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Ruben Chheda
Ruben Chheda
03/18/2020 23:19
This very important place for Bhutanese people something like what Mecca is to Muslims. You will find elderly people worshiping here throughout the day and circle the monument The green lawns and peach tree in the complex is really looks beautiful. This place really offers a different kind of peace and as the area very small but still you will find inner peace
nagaraju MP
nagaraju MP
03/17/2020 14:23
it's a good place for Thimphu sightseeing. Good scenic view from inside. One can see the city from the adjacent area. The compound is clean & well maintained. Local school kids often perform here. Tourists all across the world visit here. Must visit for Bhutan tour. One can book local cab to visit the place. Entry tickets are quite expensive compared to spend of time here
Saif Azman
Saif Azman
06/05/2020 12:37
Good place to visit but entry fees is very high for tourists. Place is too small and found huge gathering of local people and tourists otherwise that was wonderful place.
Samrat Adhikari
Samrat Adhikari
03/06/2020 14:09
It's a good place for Thimphu sightseeing. Good scenic view from inside. One can see the city from the adjacent area. The compound is clean & well maintained. Local school kids often perform here. Tourists all across the world visit here. Must visit for Bhutan tour. One can book local cab to visit the place. Entry tickets are quite expensive compared to spend of time here.
Sudesh Indika
Sudesh Indika
09/15/2019 21:25
There are many local people worshipping on their style. Specially elder people. When you visit don't disturb them. Better you get to know the history and meaning of this place. Then you can understand bit of their culture. Better if they can visualize those details relate to this place

FAQs

300 Nu is the price a tourist has to pay to get an entry into National Memorial Chorten. Those visitors who used a visa to enter Bhutan did not have to pay the entry fee of National Memorial Chorten.
Morning 6–8 am, and evening 4–6 pm is considered the best time to explore Memorial Chorten.
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