Simtokha Dzong in Thimphu, Bhutan
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About Simtokha Dzong in Thimphu
The Simtokha Dzong is one of the first Dzongs built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629 and is said to be the first Dzong in Bhutan whose entire structure has survived for so long when compared to the other Dzongs in the country. Simtokha Dzong Bhutan occupies a key strategic location in the Thimphu valley and guards the entrance to the adjoining valleys leading to Dochu La and eastern Bhutan. The word Simtokha translates to ‘On top of the demon’ and is said to be built atop the place where a demon was suppressed and imprisoned. The Simtokha Dzong history suggests that the demon used to harass travelers who spent the night there and it was Zhabdrung who subdued the demon and banished her into a rock on the hill and the Dzong is constructed to ensure the imprisonment of the demon confining it there for eternity. The Dzong is a small one but has been attacked several times in its almost 400-year-old history and holds a significant position in both the history and geography of Bhutan.
Currently, Simtokha Dzong significance serves as the Institute for Language and Culture Studies and also houses numerous statues and paintings of various religious figures and deities. Simtokha Dzong also houses the head of Lama’s chamber, a weapon room, and a storeroom. There is a ruined watchtower 500 m above the Dzong, and the water fortress or the Chu Dzong is 100 m to the left is now used as a prayer hall by the students.
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The Simtokha Dzong was attacked by Tibetan invaders.
The Simtokha Dzong covers an area of about 650 square ft.
The School of Language was established by the 3rd King of Bhutan.
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