Buddha Dordenma Statue

Gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue

Visitors can begin their day in Thimphu with a pleasant drive to the Buddha point at Kuenselphodrang, which offers a magnificent panoramic view of the valley below and great photograph opportunities. Marvel at the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue which houses over a hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the main statue itself are made of bronze and gilded in gold. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

The statue sits high on a spur overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu. It is one of the largest Buddharupas in the world at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters).

Apart from commemorating the centennial of the Bhutanese monarchy, it fulfills two prophecies. In the twentieth century, a renowned yogi prophesied that a large statue of either Padmasambhava, Buddha or a phurba would be built in the region to bestow blessings, peace and happiness on the whole world. Additionally the statue is mentioned in the ancient terma (treasures) of Guru Padmasambhava himself, dating from the 8th C, and recovered by terton Pemalingpa in the 15th C.

Under the eyes of the Buddha statue, the Kuenselphodrang nature park was formally opened as a recreational park in 2011. The park conserves 943.4 acres of forest area that surrounds the Buddha Dordenma statue and has several enjoyable walking trails that range from leisurely to moderate.