Buddha Dordenma Statue Then And Now – Travel Memories

The Buddha Dordenma statue is a giant 169′ tall sitting Buddha overlooking Bhutan’s capital of Thimphu and the valley in which it lays. Inside the massive structure, and under it, are halls for meditating as well as 125,000 smaller Buddhas. Photos are not allowed inside, so it is only the outside you will see here.

The first set of images was taken in 2011 as the Buddha was being constructed. At that time most of the outside of the Buddha itself was finished but the grounds and main structure were still very much being constructed.

On our last visit in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic, guests were allowed inside and the outer grounds were set and in place. A few outer structures were still in development, though.

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