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Obviously big

My oversized jaws continues to be the brunt of many jokes. Replying to my last post ‘nagilabgey’ answered that “OL’s jaws” are the second largest structure in Thimphu!

My jaws are big, but they’re not that big. They certainly are not the second biggest structure in Thimphu. That distinction belongs to the BBS radio tower in Sangaygang. The BBS tower, measuring about 41 meters, was built in the 1980s to transmit shortwave radio waves. Since 1999, the tower has been used to broadcast TV and FM signals in addition to shortwave radio.

Actually, I had another structure in mind when I asked which was the second largest structure in Thimphu. I’d been thinking about the huge scaffolding in the Changlimithang stadium. Okay, I found out that it’s shorter than the BBS Sangaygang tower. Still, at about 35 meters, it’s impressive. And it’s ugly.

The scaffolding was erected, reportedly at great expense, to carry the gigantic thongdrel of Guru Rimpoche during the Royal Wedding last year. The thongdrel, the world’s largest, is awe inspiring. And viewing it is a singular blessing. But without the thongdrel, the huge scaffolding structure looks odd, and it looks ugly. More importantly, it occupies valuable space at the Changlimithang stadium.

For the sake of sports, if not for beauty, the scaffolding should be dismantled as soon as possible.