Simtokha Dzong

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Simtokha Dzong
Simtokha Dzong 20080907.jpg
Simtokha Dzong
Simtokha Dzong is located in Bhutan
Simtokha Dzong
Simtokha Dzong
Location within Bhutan
Coordinates:27°26′17″N 89°40′10″E / 27.43806°N 89.66944°E / 27.43806; 89.66944
Monastery information
LocationThimphu, Bhutan
Founded byZhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
Founded1629
TypeTibetan Buddhist
ArchitectureDzong architecture
 
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Simtokha Dzong
Simtokha Dzong 20080907.jpg
Simtokha Dzong
Simtokha Dzong is located in Bhutan
Simtokha Dzong
Simtokha Dzong
Location within Bhutan
Coordinates:27°26′17″N 89°40′10″E / 27.43806°N 89.66944°E / 27.43806; 89.66944
Monastery information
LocationThimphu, Bhutan
Founded byZhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
Founded1629
TypeTibetan Buddhist
ArchitectureDzong architecture

Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong, located about 3 miles south of the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan, the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. An important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery, today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes. It recently underwent renovation.

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