Thimphu, the national capital is located in the western region and is the most diverse and populated city in Bhutan. The city contains various important institutions such as parliament buildings, government & financial institutions making it the financial hub. It is also where royal family members of the Wangchuck Dynasty reside. Popular Attractions:
- Tashichoe Dzong: A castle-like structure that stood as a defensive fortress (each district has a fortress). Tashichoe Dzong now serves as home of the Golden Throne and offices of the king as well as the summer residence of the Chief abbot.
- Buddha Dordenma Statue: A 54m high statue of Buddha built in 2015 to commemorate the 60th birthday of the 4th king of Bhutan and dedicated to bring peace to the world. It is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world that also contains a hundred thousand smaller statues inside.
- The National Library: a collection of precious texts and literature of the country including xylographic printing blocks.
- Textile Museum: A display of various textile productions from all over Bhutan including exquisite vintage garments of the royal family.
- Folk Heritage Museum: A traditional 3-story house exhibiting artifacts and tools of the Bhutanese culture.
- The National Institute for Zorig Chusum: A traditional arts and crafts school that trains in 13 arts and craft of Bhutan i.e. traditional painting, bamboo craft, embroidery, paper making, etc.
- Craft Bazaar: a street of shops with authentic Bhutanese arts and crafts.
- Takin Zoo: A wildlife preservation area for the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin
- Pangrizampa School of Astrology (Buddhist): Founded in the 16 th century, it is the only traditional college of Buddhist astrology