We couldn’t help but marvel at the natural beauty Bhutan had to offer. The Her World Brides team travelled to several venues – from Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) to the Taktsang Monastery perched 3,000m above sea level, and Simtokha Dzong – and came away with these stunning shots.
Buddha Point or Kuensel Phodrang – where one of the world’s largest statues of Buddha (51.5m tall) sits atop a hill – in Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park. From here, you can see most of Thimphu, the only capital city in the world without traffic lights!
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The Simtokha Dzong, built in 1629 to subdue an evil spirit harassing travellers in the region, is said to be the first dzong (or fortress) in Bhutan. It overlooks the entire Thimphu Valleyand is home to the country’s Institute for Language and Culture Studies, student monks, and a monastic school.
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Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park – with 381ha of beautiful blue pine trees and other forest plants – overlooks the southern entrance to Thimphu. The prayer flags are a Bhutanese tradition used to bless the surrounding countryside, as well as its residents with happiness, long life, good luck and prosperity.
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A stunning blend of Bhutanese dzong architecture and modern design, the Taj Tashi Thimphu is more like a gateway to the tiny kingdom’s spectacular monasteries, centuries-old street festivals, scenic mountain passes and pristine wilderness. Most of its rooms offer awesome views of lush, towering mountains surrounded by swirling clouds in the morning.
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The Thangthong Dewachen Dupthop Nunnery, about 8km from Thimphu town centre, is one of the last nunneries in Bhutan. One of its beautiful houses has waist-high prayer wheels. The faithful turn these with their right hand while walking right around it in a clockwise direction.
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The towering prayer wheel at the majestic Taj Tashi Thimphu. The hotel boasts detailed Buddhist murals, Bhutan pine and Thai silk. The guest rooms are adorned with hand-painted cloud murals – a recurring motif in the country’s art.
Lace and satin mermaid gown with sheer bodice and long sleeves trimmed with lace applique, price upon enquiry, from SILHOUETTE THE ATELIER.
Photography: Skyy Woo
Styling & Text: Steve Thio
Styling Assistant: Jimmy Tan
Hair & Makeup GregO/HP 9826-2681, using Laneige colours, Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening & TIGI @ Glamour saloon system
Model Joo Hyun/ Mannequin
Special thanks to Taj Tashi Thimphu & its wonderful staff, Druk Asia Bhutan Travel Specialists (www.DrukAsia.com) Joni and Cipto, Drukair Singapore (www.drukair.com.sg), our guide Ugyen & driver Chimi.
Don’t miss the rest of our spread, plus sights of Bhutan, in the Her World Brides September – November 2015 issue.
- buddha point
- digio bridal
- kuensel phodrang
- Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park
- photo shoot
- Silhouette the Atelier
- simtokha dzong
- taj thimphu
- taktsang monastery
- Thangthong Dewachen Dupthop Nunnery