Buddha Dordenma Statue
Overlooking Thimphu is one of the largest Buddha's in the world, the Buddha Dordenma statue. It is almost 170 feet tall (it sits on top of a giant meditation hall) and houses 125,000 other Buddhas inside it. All of them are made of bronze and then gilded in gold. This Buddha was erected to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fourth king of Bhutan. You can see it from a distance when you're exploring the capital, but definitely drive up the mountain and visit it up close. The details and views are spectacular.
Bhutanese Traffic Police
Thimphu has the distinction of being the only capital city in the world without a single traffic light. While on most streets cars just fight it out or kindly give one another the right of way, at one crossing there is an official, dressed in a uniform and white gloves, directing traffic. He has a lovely hut, decorated in the national style, from which he works. He's as famous among locals as he is among tourists. Don't miss getting a photo of him.
Bhutan's National Animal
The Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, is so rare many people believe it's a mythological creature. It's part goat, part antelope and found in the eastern Himalayas. They love living in bamboo forests at high elevations. The Bhutanese believe they are deeply spiritual and wise creatures. While it's highly unlikely you'll see one in the wild during your trip to Bhutan, you are guaranteed to see one in Thimphu's Takin Zoo (officially named the Motithang Takin Preserve) where they roam around on 8 acres of land.
National Handicrafts Emporium
Bhutan takes great pride in its hand-made products. The country has 13 official traditional arts and crafts that have been passed down from generation to generation. They include textile making, weaving bamboo, embroidery, painting, carpentry, and so much more. At the National Handicrafts Emporium you can browse a range of authentic items made in Bhutan. If you aren't done shopping head outside; there are more shops on the same street.
Royal Textile Academy
Weaving is essential to Bhutanese life. Both men and women learn how to do it at early ages, and it's a valued skill. At this museum you can browse ancient textiles learning how they were made and preserved. You can find out what patterns mean and how the designs pay homage to spiritual and religious beliefs. If you want to try your skills you can even take a class and learn how to make your own textile to treasure long after you go home.