Simtokha Dzong

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Simtokha Dzong
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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
Location Thimphu, Bhutan
Founded by Ngawang Namgyal
Founded 1629
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Architecture Dzong architecture

Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong located about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. Built in 1629 by 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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