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Encyclopedia > Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu, estimated population 45,000 (1997), is the capital of Bhutan. The city is located on the Wang Chu (Chu River). The Tashichoedzong, a fortress monastery built in the 13th century, has been the seat of Bhutan's government since 1952.


Dechenphu, Tango and Cheri monasteries are located near the city. Dechenchoeling Palace, the official residence of the King, is just north.


The city hosts a colourful masked-dance festival (tsechhu) at the end of summer, which is popular with tourists.


Thimphu is the only national capital that does not have traffic lights. When local authorities installed a set of lights recently, people complained that they were too impersonal and so the authorities had to withdraw them.


See also: districts of Bhutan


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MSN Encarta - Bhutan (2643 words)
Bhutan, monarchy in South Asia, in the eastern Himalayas, on the Indian subcontinent.
Bhutan’s main rivers, from west to east, are the Torsa, Raidak, Sankosh, and Manas.
Thimphu and Phuntsholing, in southwestern Bhutan near the Indian border, are the major urban centers.
Thimphu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (324 words)
Thimphu (ཐིམ་ཕུ་) is the capital of Bhutan, and also the name of the surrounding valley and dzongkhag.
Tashichoedzong, the fortress monastery on the northern edge of the city, built in the 13th century, has been the seat of Bhutan's government since 1952.
Thimphu is the only national capital that does not have traffic lights.
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