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Thimphu Memorial Chorten

The Memorial Chorten of Thimphu dates back to the year 1974 when it was erected in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had passed away in 1972. The stupa is located in the southern central part of the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu.

The breathtakingly beautiful stupa otherwise known as the Jangchup Chorten has been designed to show how beautiful and visible religious structure can be. The rich architectural designs in the interior of the stupa as well as the exterior makes it even more attractive to not only tourists and foreigners, but even locals seem to be in awe of its beauty despite the existence of many other such stupas around the country.

People from around the country visit this religious site and circumambulate only in a clockwise direction reciting prayers for not only one self but for the benefit of all sentient beings who are suffering in samsara. People of all ages can be seen around the chorten either praying, circumabulating or prostrating or whirling the large red prayer wheels. Good-natured people visit the chorten to offer old people and monks food and snacks to encourage them to gain strength to accumulate more merits, cool and fresh fruit drinks to quench their thirst from the scorching heat, and clothes to keep them warm on cold windy days, medicines and money as well. It is these small acts of kindness that spreads smiles on people’s faces and makes Bhutan an even more happier country.

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