Erected on a site commonly called as Kuensel Phodrang, Buddha Dordenma -- a towering attraction at 162 feet tall -- stands as evidence to the tenacious spirit of the people of Bhutan.
Buddha Dordenma is a fulfillment of the prophecy of the 20th-century yogi Sonam Zangpo that a gigantic Buddha would be built in the forest of Thimpu — the realisation of this vision was pursued tenaciously to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of the Fourth King Jingme Singye Wangchuk. The Buddha is situated on a hilltop in the capital city of Bhutan and is surrounded by 943.4 acres of preserved forest area. The trek to the place is one that is refreshing and relaxing with its cool and friendly breeze. Just below the Buddha site is a 3.5 kilometre bike trail that has become a welcome treat for those who are sporty and those who just would like to commune with nature.
Buddha Dordenma is located at Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 9:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is BTN 20 (USD 0.30) per person.
How to Get There
- Fly to Bhutan via Druk Air, or Bhutan Airlines.
- From the airport, take a taxi to Thimphu.
- At Thimphu, book a tour. Tours often provide transportation.
- If traveling DIY, you can take the taxi.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
If you want to avoid the crowds, don’t visit on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The best time to visit is between 8:00 and 10:00.
Babesa Village Restaurant, Subedhar Restaurant and Bar, and Masala Family Restaurant are some of the nearby dining options to try.
- Paro Taktsang
- Rinpung Dzong
- Drukgyal Dzong
Options around Thimphu include Kisa, Hotel Migmar, Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, Hotel Admohara, Bhutan Suites, Namgay Heritage Hotel, Hotel Galingkha, and Hotel Riverview. Rates range from USD 70 to USD 250.