The Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Buddha Shakyamuni statue inside the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park overlooking the capital Thimphu city. The Buddha Dordenma sits amid a well-managed forest and serene environment on an approximately 943.4 acres of forest area and is the largest sitting Buddha in the world, at 169 feet (52 m).
Inside the statue is one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma is made of bronze. The main temple houses 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded bronze Buddha Dordenma statues.
Several walking trails in and around the park has been constructed since 2015 to and fro Kuensel Phodrang through the pristine forest of Pine trees. There is an hour hike around the Buddha Statue which is popular among the tourists. There is a biking trail which begins from the Buddha statue and ends at Debsi Phaka which takes about an hour; and another trail which begins from the parking lot and ends above the Changangkha Lhakhang/temple that takes about almost 2 hours including the stops.
The Government is also planning to build a circular walking trail around the Buddha statue soon for all the devout Buddhists to circumambulate the Buddha.
Enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful Thimphu valley!