GOLDEN THRONE, TAKELA, LHUENTSE DISTRICT, EASTERN BHUTAN
Construction of the Golden Throne for the tallest & largest Guru Padmasambhava (Buddhist Saint) statue
GRCA Member M/s Bhutan GRC won the contract for the construction of the GRC clad Golden Throne building based on prequalification, the project portfolio and their years of experience in the field of GRC Industry.
The client for the project was M/s Druk Odiyana Foundation, Bhutan, and the building was constructed to house the Guru Padmasambhava (Buddhist Saint) statue which at 154 ft (46.95 metres), is the world’s tallest and largest Guru Statue so far.
The GRC clad exterior of the Sengthri (Golden Throne) building measured around 35 m x 30m on plan, and 12 m high, and all four elevations of the building included the same architectural features with mirror image patterns.
The internal Prayer Hall (Guru Lhakhang) was 26 m x 21 m overall and featured 20 large pillars (kachen) cladding with 4 four directional capitals (zhu) above.
The Golden Throne has four main entrances of 8.60 m x 6.95 m overall size, each with 2 large pillars (kachen) cladding also with capitals (zhu) at the top.
Creating the entire artwork and highly decorative and integrated pattern carving in accordance with the Buddhist norms, tradition and architectural theme, were the most difficult and challenging areas of the project.
The entire GRC scope, artwork, design proportion and relevant norms were carried-out by M/s Bhutan GRC's in-house technical experts, professional and associated team. The main structure and civil work design was undertaken by M/s Civil-Park International of Bangkok, Thailand.
The Golden Throne is the first religious project of this kind in Bhutan, therefore, to comply in line with the Bhutanese style, tradition and following religious norms and relevant historical features were the top most important and complicated part of the work in the project.
The project took almost three years to complete due to the scope of the GRC and the complicated artwork, designs and carving works, and was completed in August 2015.
Total area of GRC panels: 2,300 square metres
Number of Stupas (Choetens): 108 Nos. of 5.0 ft height on the External Boundary Wall
GRC Flower Vase: 24 Nos. of various sizes on four-sided Main Entrance Steps
Client: M/s Druk Odiyana Foundation, Bhutan
Main structure: M/s Civil-Park International
GRC design & manufacture: M/s Bhutan GRC
Following the successful completion of this project, a number of similar Monastery projects have been undertaken and being completed by M/s Bhutan GRC, such as:
- Kenchogsum Lhakhang (Monastery) with 108 Nos. Choetens (Stupas)– Pema Lingpa Foundation
- Mila Seykhar Guthog Project (Tower & Shrine Hall for Sangay Mingyur Ling Foundation)
- Construction of Riwabi Lhakhang (Temple)
- Renovation of Dabsel Lhakhang (Temple)
- Construction of Tharpaling Lhakhang (Temple)
- Construction of Ugyen Pema Zangdo Pelri Chhoetshog (Temple)
- Expansion of Tango Thorim Shedra (University) Project
- Renovation & Refurbishment of Goenpa Karpo Temple
- Main Entrance Gate at the Drametse Monastery
- Main Entrance Gate at the Buddha Dodenma Statue
- Construction of Taklung Monastery at Drukgyel
- Renovation and Refurbishment of Kharchu Monastery
- Renovation and Reconstruction of Yongla Goenpa (Monastery)
- Construction of New Pemagatshel Dzong (District Head Quarter-10 Blocks) Project
- Reconstruction of Wangbama Lhakhang (Monastery)
- Le-Meridien Hotel, Thimphu
- 5-Star Resort for Druk Deothjung Pvt. Ltd.