World’s largest mountaintop statue of Buddha Dordenma is located in the western parts of Bhutan, Thimphu. A must-visit place if you are in Thimphu. The huge structure of Buddha (Shakyamuni) is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The view from here is breathtaking as it overlooks the southern entrance to Thimphu valley. This mega-structure of Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
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About the statue of Buddha Dordenma
The statue of Buddha Dordenma is 169 feet (51.5 meters) high. This mega structure is made of 125,000 smaller Buddha statues and is placed within. Of this, 100,000 are of 8 inches tall and 25,000 inches tall. The statue of Buddha Dordenma is on top of a large meditation hall. The drive to this location is scenic. To reach this place from Thimphu, you can drive to the backside of the structure or park in front, but there is a staircase all the way up from the main entrance. Once you climb the stairs, the open space is big enough to accommodate few thousands. The statue of Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the 13th Desi Druk. I would recommend going in the evening to enjoy the view from the top.
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The ideal time to visit would be during summer in Bhutan for those who do not like snow fall. This is a newly built structure and a must visit place in Thimphu. At night, the lightings are switched on and the view from far off, Thimphu is the best. Follow my blog and on social media for more travel and photography updates.
Source: Our Bhutan trip Guide/Bhutan Tourism.