5 Things you should know about the world’s tallest Buddha statue

1: At 169-feet (52 m), the Buddha Dordenma statue is one of the largest statues of Shakyamuni Buddha in the world. It is made of bronze and gilded in gold and it stands tall and majestic in the Himalayan mountains.

2: It is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang and commands a majestic view of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Thimphu is a distinctively unique capital city. With a population of 80,000 people, it is possibly the only capital city in the world without traffic lights.

3: The Buddha Dordenma statue has over 125,000 smaller Buddha statues (100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall) enshrined within it. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded in gold. There are also beautiful statues of khandros – known as dakinis (sky dancers) or ‘female messengers of wisdom’ surrounding the Buddha Dordenma.

4: The construction of the statue started in 2006 and completed recently, fulfilling an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century AD, that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) that the statue would be built in the region and would bring blessings, peace and happiness to the entire world.

5. The statue is located in the Kuenselphodrang nature park which was opened as a recreational park in 2011. The park conserves 943.4 acres of forest areas that surround the statue. There are a few enjoyable walking and biking trails that go through the park, as well as picnic spots and two outdoor gymnasiums for everyone to enjoy.