Thimphu, Bhutan – Day 1(b)

Tashichhodzong

Tashichhodzong (Thimphu Dzong) – The “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially constructed in 1641 and restored by the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

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Tashichhodzong

Dzongs serve as the religious, military, administrative, and social centers of their district. The rooms inside the dzong are typically allocated half to administrative function (such as the office of the penlop or governor), and half to religious function, primarily the temple and housing for monks. This division between administrative and religious functions reflects the idealized duality of power between the religious and administrative branches of government.

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Tashichhodzong
It was all serene when you step into a Dzong.

Tashichhodzong
The religious half side of the Dzong.

Tashichhodzong
Lots of prayer wheels in Bhutan too.

Tashichhodzong
A monk! Quick, snap snap

Centenary Farmers' Market

Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell
their wide range of agriculture products

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Centenary Farmers' Market
Contrary to our markets, it was all quiet in this market where people were slowly picking out their food to buy and there was no haggling or brawling of any sorts. So does this constitute to the fact the people are the happiest in the world?

Centenary Farmers' Market
The market is of 2 levels and segregated to different types of food like vegetables, fruits etc.

Centenary Farmers' Market
Meat was mainly dried meats since they have long dry winters and historically many homes were without a refrigerator until recent times.

Centenary Farmers' Market
Vegetables were cut and dried on the counter immediately.

Centenary Farmers' Market
Natural yeast….

Centenary Farmers' Market
Babies were all carried on the back in this way in Bhutan and many people are still wearing their national costumes pretty much on a daily basis.

Buddha Point
From the valley, we can see the whole Thimphu city. As you can see that Bhutan is pretty sparsely populated compared to other densely populated cities.

Buddha Point

Located at Kuensel Phodrang, the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha symbolising indestructibility will be completed soon. The Buddha statue itself is competed awaiting paintings, but visitors can drive up to the Buddha point and view the tallest statue of Lord Buddha.

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Buddha Point

National Memorial Chorten

The Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a chorten in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The chorten, built in 1974 to honour the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme 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”.

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National Memorial Chorten
Currently, this place is popular with the older generation where they would stay there for the day to chant and pray and go home when dusk falls. So accordingly to my guide, this place is like a elderly day care for some people where they would bring their elderly to here in the morning wth food and they would pick them up again in the evening.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beauty Box
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 11:26:21

    Great pictures….what a fascinating place! Looking forward to more of your Bhutan posts 🙂

  2. Xuan-er
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 17:22:40

    @BB: thanks! yeah more post would be up soon….these past 2 weeks was really hectic 😛

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