The National Memorial Stupa in Thimphu is one of the prominent landmarks of the capital city. It was built to honour His Majesty the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is designed in a style of Jangchup Choeten with a pyramidal pillar crowned by a crescent moon and sun.
The ground floor of the stupa has four shrines, each with different pictures of His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The second floor is dedicated to teachings of the Drukpa Lineage of the Drukpa Kaju school. The top floor has paintings depicting various deities of the Nyingma School.
His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the Third King wanted to build a stupa to represent the mind of the Buddha. It was only in 1974, after he passed away, his wish was fulfilled. Dungsey Thinley Norby envisioned the architecture.