Bhutan's first large scale statue, the 45 foot Standing Buddha, peacefully overlooks the capital city from the valley center.
Situated in the heart of Thimphu, the statue stands as a protectorate to the people living in the rapidly growing capital city. Placed by the banks of the Wang Chhu river, the Buddha stands deep in thought while carefully overseeing the capital's development to be mindful of its forested mountain backdrop.
The Standing Buddha statue at the Centenary Park was erected in 2012 to commemorate the 32nd Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. It was established to celebrate the diplomatic relation between Thailand and Bhutan.
The green surrounding the Buddha is a popular landmark for local picnickers and nature lovers.