National Memorial Chorten

National Memorial Chorten

The memorial chorten also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa in Thimphu, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The stupa, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk GyalpoJigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. In 2008, it underwent extensive renovation. It is popularly known as “the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan”. It was consecrated by Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.

The architecture of the chorten has been designed to present it as “one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu”

The chorten is a large white structure with a golden spire crowning it and a smaller golden spire above the front porch. It is approached through a small garden and a gate decorated with three slate carvings. On the exterior of the gate are representations of the three protective bodhisattvas – Avalokiteśvara (the symbol of compassion) ,  Mañjuśrī (the symbol of knowledge) and Vajrapāṇi, the symbol of power. The chorten attracts many elderly Bhutanese on a daily basis who circumambulate the chorten, whirl the large red prayer wheels and pray at the shrine.

National Memorial Chorten


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