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National Geographic in Bhutan: Buddha Dordenma Statue

THIMPHU, Bhutan–Before leaving the Bhutanese capital city today, the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration visited what will soon be the largest sitting statue of Buddha. Still under construction, the Buddha Dordenma Statue sits atop a prayer-flag-festooned forested hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park.

According to the website of the National Tourism Organization of Bhutan: “This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters [169 feet], making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.”

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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  1. BhutanTravel
    April 19, 2:18 am

    it is tallest Buddha statue so far…


  2. Nalin
    October 26, 2016, 6:48 am

    Claim by honk Kong , China , that they have the tallest Buddha statue should be refuted by Bhutan with the help of national geographic forum.

  3. Antique Buddhas
    December 20, 2015, 4:48 am

    The Buddha statues of Dordenma is spectacular and the postures of the statues seems like Bhumisparsha mudra but the tradition may differ due to the tradition of Bhutanese Buddhism.

  4. BDIF
    November 20, 2014, 9:55 pm

    The height of the Buddha Dordenma including throne is 62 meters. Feel free to contact us directly for any questions or visit website http://www.buddhadordenma.org.