Thimphu is the capital city as well as the most advanced region of Bhutan. It was declared as the capital metropolitan in the year 1961 and is the sole capital city worldwide with no traffic lights. You will find a lot of ancient architectures and soaring structures depicting the olden times of Bhutan in an attractive fashion.
Tashichho Dzong is the chief secretariat edifice and featuring the notable state divisions. It houses the gigantic National Assembly auditorium, all the Ministries of the country, King official workplace along with the Throne Room and last but not the least, summer command center of the Central Monastic Body. This building is also the summer dwelling of Je Khempo, a spiritual chief, along with the monk body. This beautiful structure was initially erected in the year 1661 and apart from the middle one, the whole of the building was refurbished in 1961-62. One of the hallmarks of this fascinating building is that it features a two-level sky-scraping sculpture of Lord Buddha and canvases that portrays the 12 steps of Buddhahood along with the column beams, presenting the hegemony of creed over political beliefs.
Nestled at almost 8 kilometers from the capital city at the high-ceilinged crest, is this magnificent Dzong named Simtokha. It was erected by the prime King of Bhutan, Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, in the year back in 1627. It is widely held as the most archaic Dzong in Thimphu and also the threshold to the Thimphu Dale. Today, it maintains the same tactical significance as it had some centuries before. It also features a Rigney School for Dzongkha as well as Spartan learning. There are also worth-seeing murals and figures being lined up properly in Simtokha.
The Folk Heritage Museum
The Folk Heritage Museum is a classic illustration of the times gone by Bhutan. It was aimed at enlightening the visitors about the beauty of the cultural heritage of Bhutan through flaunting displays, demonstrations and learning centers, depicting the true picture of Bhutan ancient times. One of the hallmarks of this museum is unarguably the 3-level smashed dwelling made of wood and mud, dating back to the 19th century. Its construction portrays the design of a middle class individual’s dwelling in the Wang region in olden times. It also enlightens the viewers about the sturdiness of the house built of solid materials.
Junghi Handmade Paper Factory
Junghi Paper factory is yet another fascinating building in Thimphu. It consist of two ventures; one plant is engaged in manufacturing customary handmade paper extracted from the natural shrubbery, chiefly from the ‘Daphne’ plant genus that is insect-resilient. The second plant is nestled at about 22 kilometers from the municipality in Jimina, is engaged to reprocess litter papers. The conventional paper made by hand are most commonly used for the spiritual manuscripts, covering and packing materials, easy-to-carry bags, shades of lamps, envelopes and calendars. The Bhutanese paper is very akin to the Japanese washi, as a matter of fact, much of the paper from Bhutan is sell abroad to Japan.
This magnificent monastery was established in the 12th century by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. However, the current architecture was erected by Lama Drukpa Kunley, the ‘Divine Madman’, in the 15th century. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal toured Tango in 1616 and contemplated in a cavern in the vicinity of the monastery. Due to his contemplation, Tibetan armed forces had to back away. Goemba was handed over to Shabdrung by the descendant of Lama Drukpa Kunley. Shabdrung engraved the sandalwood sculpture of Chenrezig, which he positioned inside the monastery. The staggering soaring tower along with many other encompassing edifices was erected by the eighth Desi in the 18th century. Thereafter, the eye catching golden crown is appended in the 19th century by Druk Rabgye and Shabdrung Jigme Chhogyel.
Thimphu is a fascinating tourist spot in South Korea exhibiting spectacular museums, archaic buildings and ancient temples, making this city amongst the historic metropolitans of the world.