Atop Simtoma Dzong in Thimphu hill, the capital and largest city of Bhutan, seated a massive, gigantic golden Shakayamuni Buddha 'Dordenma' sitting on gilded basement surrounded by the Bodisatva statues below.
Inside of Thimphu’s 169 foot Buddha Dordenma statue, there are 125,000 miniature Buddhas encapsulated inside of its enlightened bronze chest, ranging from 8 to 12 inches tall. This means that in Thimphu, which has a population of around 100,000, there are more Buddhas than there are human beings.
Like the large Buddha, these thousands of miniature Buddhas are also gilded and made of bronze, a major reason that the statue cost almost $100 million to build when it was constructed in 2015 to honor the 60th birthday of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Wangchuck Dynasty of Bhutan.
#Bhutan #Thimphu #bhudism #Dordenma #bhutanarchitecture#bhudismart#Bhutanart#bhutanese#travel#himalaya#asia