Simtokha dzong is located about 6 km south of the main city. The full name of the dzong is called San-Nga-Zhabden-Phodrang, which means The Palace of Profound Tantric Teaching.
It is the first fortress constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was constructed in 1629. In 1971 the dzong was restored by third desi Minjur Tempa.
Unlike other fortresses it does not have any administrative role, but it houses the monastic body. But in 1961 third king has converted into a center for traditional studies for lay students who would be trained as the Dzongkha teacher. Later it was converted into the Institute of language and Cultural Studies but now it shifted to Trongsa.
Open: Every day from 09:00 to 17:00 in summer and 09:00 to 16:00 in winter.
Lunch Break: No lunch break
Dress Code: Formal, Gho and Kira with Kabney and Rachu for Bhutanese and for forigners (Tourist) long pants and full sleeve shirts.
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Photography:Photography is allowed till courtyard
like most of the temples the entrances have a beautiful painting of four Guardian kings. Inside you will see the paintings of 16 arhats.
In the main shrine you will see a big buddha with two of his disciples and on the left and right of Buddha, you will see 8 Bodhisattvas. And they are Maitreya, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Avalokiteshvara, Samantabhadra, Kshitigarbha, Akashagarba, and Sarvanivarana Vishkambhini.
In the left shrine you will see the statue of Avalokiteshvara and on the right side is the Goenkhang, the temple of fearsome deity.