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Old-world capital city is situated in the Wang Chhu river valley at an elevation of 7500 ft./2286 m. At the Handicrafts Emporium, you may choose your souvenirs from an array of hand-crafted and hand-woven wares. Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building, houses all the ministers, the National Assembly Hall, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It is also the summer residence of the monk body and the religious chief, the Je Khempo.
The Memorial Chorten is dedicated to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the father of modern Bhutan. Five miles out of Thimphu , on a lofty ridge, stands the Simtokha Dzong, which was built in 1627 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal. It was he who gave Bhutan its first written laws, and established a network of Dzongs, the imposing fortress-monasteries from which the country was governed.