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Memorial Chorten

Memorial Chorten is a large white structure with a golden spire crowning it, and is one of the most visible landmarks of Thimphu. It was built in 1974 to honor the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972). Inside, the chorten depicts larger than life size images of wrathful deities with their female consorts in large numbers, and many in explicit Yab-Yum sexual poses.  The ground floor of the chorten is consecrated to the teachings of Vajrakīlaya. From the ground floor, a staircase leads to two more floors and each floor has four shrines. A centrally placed large wooden carving covers all three levels. The second floor is dedicated to teachings of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school to subdue eight varieties of evil spirits and the top floor is dedicated to the teachings of Lama Gongdu.