Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan
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About Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
Memorial Chorten is perhaps the chief landmark of the city centre of Thimphu. A chorten is a Buddhist Tibetan-style mausoleum erected in the memory of someone. It has a white edifice with golden embellishments and a pagoda-like golden crest at the top. The Memorial Chorten in Thimphu is the tomb consecrated in the loving memory of the Third Druk Gyalpo or the Dragon King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck after his sudden demise in 1972 while travelling the world. He was the creator of modernised Bhutan and the first instigator of a democratic rule. His contribution to Bhutanese kingdom was immense, and it reflects in the construction of the National Memorial Chorten.
The chorten lies right in the heart of the city of Thimphu, with glimpses of the entire city down the slope and the high eastern Himalayas beyond them. The place is quite crowded in the early mornings as many elderly people come to visit the chorten for a round of morning walk before paying homage to the memorial. Many young people come too, before leaving for school, college or office. However, unlike usual chortens, this does not house Jigme Dorji Wangchuck’s last human remains, but just a photo of him in a ceremonial dress. This is more of a fulfillment of his last wish, which was to build a chorten representing the mind, philosophy, and teaching of Buddha.
Thus, inside the Memorial Chorten of Bhutan, there are ornate mandalas, statues and paintings in reference to Buddhism and Guru Padmasambhava. Each of the chorten’s annexes faces the four cardinal directions. A central wooden column goes right up to the spire, covering all three floors of the chorten. This chorten is of great historical, and spiritual importance to the people of Bhutan and a visit to this place is must, both to see the legendary structure as well as to take in the ambience of the place.
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Mayank's 8 days trip to ThimphuI am very much satisfied with the overall booking i got the best quote and all things were manage nicely. guide and drive both were professional and made it a memorable experience. I had booked tour with Bhutan INC and i think they are one of the best travel agency for bhutan travel i recommend them. But overall booking experience wasnot that good i was promised a quote which was very good but at the time of booking that quote got increased by 15k which is not professionalism. Guide and driver both were amazing and explained everything in details.
Bharat's 7 days trip to ThimphuOur trip was well organised thanks for this trip. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens it was our Best Memory of the trip!
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