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Bhutan crowns a new King

The United States was not the only country to name a new leader this week. In Bhutan, an insular nation of about 600,000 people located high in the Himalayas, a new king was crowned. 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, an Oxford-educated bachelor, was crowned as Bhutan's fifth king - now the world's youngest reigning monarch. Bhutan also has the distinction of being the world's youngest democracy - having held parliamentary elections last March for the first time ever. The young ruler vows to maintain a stance of protection against the worst aspects of globalization, maintaining the "Gross National Happiness", a measurement of national progress that places a high value on spiritual development. Gross National Happiness is a term invented by, and proudly embraced by Bhutanese since 1972. (22 photos total)

Bhutan's fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (right) crowns his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck as the fifth King of Bhutan, in the Throne room of the Tashichhodzong Palace during the coronation ceremony in Thimphu, Bhutan on November 6, 2008. With medieval tradition and Buddhist spirituality, a 28-year-old with an Oxford education assumed the Raven Crown of Bhutan on Thursday, to guide the world's newest democracy as it emerges into the modern world. (REUTERS/Royal Government of Bhutan/Handout)
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289 comments so far...

I wish there were more photos of the mountains. Such beautiful people there.

Posted by Anonymous November 7, 08 09:25 AM

What a stark contrast. Their new ruler comes to power in living color. America's new ruler comes to power in a black suit.

Posted by William Beem November 7, 08 09:38 AM

Another wonderful journey with The Big Picture.
So colorful and interesting.
Thanks ~ Rosemary

Posted by Content in a Cottage November 7, 08 09:42 AM

I am reminded of something I read recently; Bhutan's concept of Gross National Happiness is mirrored in Paul Wellstone's election night acceptance speech in 1990:

"Politics is not left, right or center ... It's about improving people's lives."

Once again, stunning images. Thank you.

Posted by E. Howe November 7, 08 09:45 AM

Amazing scenery #12. So colourful people!! Great collections.

Posted by Ashish November 7, 08 09:53 AM

Good pics.

Posted by lanei November 7, 08 09:53 AM

Always excellent photos - and we think our president's election over this week was a landmark event. Youngest monarch & democracy? Equally, this has to be quite a historical event for the people of Bhutan.

Posted by Alessandro November 7, 08 10:07 AM

A great series, absolutely love nr 12!

Posted by Huibertd November 7, 08 10:11 AM

Looks like a good place to put a Starbucks and a McDonalds ...

Posted by Starbucks will rule the world November 7, 08 10:19 AM

The colors used in the clothing are amazing! Not to mention the intricate details. What beautiful people, clothing and land.

Posted by Ashley November 7, 08 10:21 AM

beautiful colors, beautiful people. #3 looks like colored this correct ? and did this guy build this piece of art on-thespot ?

Posted by double_G November 7, 08 10:28 AM

I don't understand.. do they crown their kings preemptively? Why is he being declared king of his father, the fourth king, is still alive?

Posted by david November 7, 08 10:33 AM

Beautiful. Reminds me of Tibet.

Posted by The Baltimore Babe November 7, 08 10:41 AM

It would be a nice contrast to run some photos of the 100,000-plus Bhutanese refugees living in camps in Nepal. They have been trapped there since the Bhutanese government burned them out of their home in the early 1990s.

Posted by bws November 7, 08 10:45 AM

Such beautiful photos. It's really awesome to see things like this from other countries. Thank you.

Posted by Kristi November 7, 08 10:48 AM

Thank you for another great photo essay. Fabulous and beautiful crowning photos!

Posted by Yuta Kashino November 7, 08 10:55 AM

Wow, that is a country you dont hear often about.
Picture # 12 makes me want to visit this country and the Taktshang Monastery. Incredibly beautiful.

Posted by Fred November 7, 08 11:13 AM

beautiful photographs. Refreshing glimpses from a simpler, more trusting world. Notice the lack of advertising gimmicks and MNC brands in the backgrounds. The absence of snarling security men and blockades. How the new king can reach out and talk to his people directing in pic 17.

Posted by anuradha November 7, 08 11:15 AM

very colorful series of pictures, love it as usual!

Posted by flawijn November 7, 08 11:30 AM

wow...what amazing culture they must have there. Its like something out of a movie or fantasy book.

Posted by George November 7, 08 11:31 AM

these are really lovely. #21 is my favorite...quiet and colorful.

Posted by Stephanie November 7, 08 11:32 AM

What stunning photos! Amazing colors and energy. The Bhutanese do truly look like a happy people.

Posted by Inmanette November 7, 08 11:36 AM

Jigme spent his Freshman year at Wheaton College (MA). Nice guy.

Posted by George November 7, 08 11:39 AM

@14: Amazing that someone even knows about the Lhotshampas. India has been trying the previous monarch to give up his policies and let them return to Bhutan in peace. However, the racial tensions in this Shangri-La will probablby be reversed by the new monarch.

@12: In most countries across centuries, the reigining monarch has been allowed to abdicate in favor of the next in line, without prejudice to their life. Unfortunately, in a Euro-centric world, most people assume otherwise (read Middle Ages!). The earlier King will likely renounce all worldly possessions and be accepted as a monk (depends on whether he wants to do that at age 60 or 75.)

Posted by DR November 7, 08 11:55 AM

David @ 12, because the previous king willingly abdicated and handed over the throne to his son, as well as called for parliamentary democracy to be ushered in.

He's also one of the few people to voluntarily transfer power (from wiki):
"In 1998, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck introduced significant political reforms, transferring most of his administrative powers to the Council of Cabinet Ministers and allowing for impeachment of the King by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly."

Only if we had political leaders with the same level of personal integrity as King Jigme Singye of Bhutan.

Posted by Amit November 7, 08 12:00 PM

Maybe Obama should appoint a Secretary of State(s) of Consciousness!

Posted by jake November 7, 08 12:04 PM

This rocks Alan!

Posted by Sandy November 7, 08 12:09 PM

What a stunning set of pictures!

Posted by Young November 7, 08 12:15 PM

don't want to be shallow, but new king is a hottie. just sayin'.

Posted by carriegood November 7, 08 12:19 PM

Thank you as usual

Posted by milus November 7, 08 12:27 PM

Everytime I think I am getting good at photography I come to your site to get back to reality. Amazing collection, as usual.

Posted by Pete November 7, 08 12:35 PM

In addition to attending Wheaton as previously mentioned, he also attended and graduated from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Ma.

Posted by Coggs November 7, 08 12:39 PM

It's good to be the King!

Posted by Its a Tendrey Thang - You Wouldn't Understand November 7, 08 01:49 PM

Best Wishes to the new King and also to the young democracy! The beautiful kingdom should soon have a beautiful Queen! I am sure the education that the king has received would stand him in good stead to lead the country to prosperity.

Posted by Tenkasi Ramanathan Balakrishnan November 7, 08 02:11 PM

For those who are looking to see more of the scenery, sites, monestaries and culture of Bhutan, check out a DVD called "Into Thunder Dragon" by Sean White. It is a documentary of 2 Off Road Unicyclists who traveled & rode the countryside and documented many cultural experiences along the way. Very inspiring and lots of unique aspects of the culture in Bhutan! Enjoy

Posted by Mountainuni November 7, 08 02:57 PM

Congratulations to US and Buthan.

My favorite picture 10: What glances deep! What does she think about this new king? Fear, hope...

Regards from Belgium


Posted by Roberto November 7, 08 03:25 PM

Wonderful pictures.

I wonder if this is actually him:

Posted by DGB November 7, 08 03:26 PM

Bring back such happy memories of my visit to Bhutan in October 1973. His Majesty appears to be a King in the true and most sacred sense of the word.

Posted by Ian G November 7, 08 04:40 PM

To David@12,

The 4th king said:
"Why crown an heir only when the nation is in mourning for a late king?"

Great pictures.. Wish I was home!!

Posted by AKP November 7, 08 04:45 PM

now THERES a bunch of guys who know how to party

Posted by maxe November 7, 08 05:52 PM

Pure place, people and ceremony… but it is look like women to men ratio 1/50 !

Posted by Nabeel Kadhim Abbood November 7, 08 08:40 PM

everything is good for a special event. Thanks for the good picture

Posted by ngoinhaboquen November 8, 08 12:09 AM

I great country.. A happy country.. A more proud, brave, and honest country as any other country.

Posted by Dbansal November 8, 08 04:01 AM

I was hoping that Big Picture would cover this with its usual stunning photographs that capture the human level as well as the spectacle.

While Bhutan isn't perfect, its use of Gross National Happiness and its decision to limit tourism to keep tourism from diluting its culture's richness to a Disneyfied pap are both examples for other countries to ponder, if not adopt wholeheartedly.

All the best to Bhutan and its people in its new era of democracy.

Posted by Ann November 8, 08 10:18 AM

j'ai visité ce merveilleux pays au mois d'octobre et tout est bien réel : les couleurs, les gens, les moines et avant tout l'âme de ce pays. Si vous en avez l'occasion allez y.

Posted by Michèle CASADO November 8, 08 10:28 AM

Beautiful photo essay. What an inspiring nation of people. Am so looking forward to next year's journey there.

Posted by Maggie Mellor November 8, 08 02:24 PM

God bless you and keep the faith in all you do.... Thanks to Mrs O for sharing you with the United States of America.... We say ASANT'E IN (SWAHILLLI) THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR CHANGE..........................................................

Posted by eMARIE November 8, 08 08:26 PM

this picture is so awesome !! its the best picture I have ever seen thank you so much.

Posted by Ivan November 8, 08 11:06 PM

Three weeks before his coronation, the Fifth King traveled around his kingdom to greet his people, and I happened to be there - touring with a small group of Americans at a Buddhist monastery near Bumthang. He was most gracious and personable, speaking with the tourists and locals lined up to greet him at this impromptu event. I offered him a gift of a shell necklace made by a Yurok friend and in honor of Bhutan's and California Indian people's efforts to preserve and carry on their cultural traditions. He accepted the small token with great respect and humility. Seldom have I experienced a heart so good and wise. He shall do well for his people, and I'm glad President Obama will be coming in to great him! The people of Bhutan are wonderful, kind and generous - we may all be enriched by pursuits of Gross National Happiness!

Posted by Janet P. Eidsness November 8, 08 11:06 PM

Really wonderful photos...Thanks a lot.

Posted by Sonam November 9, 08 06:10 AM

“I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality.”....a speech delivered by the King on 7th November.... i consider myself very fortunate to be born in BHUTAN....... the pictures reflects it all .... thank you for the pictures!!!!!!! the pursuit of G.N.H!!!!!

Posted by Karma Jamyang November 9, 08 06:23 AM

Merci pour ces magnifiques photos et pour l'inspiration. Longue vie et liberte a ce noble peuple.
Monique Lemieux, Shefford, Quebec

Posted by Monique Lemieux November 9, 08 08:44 AM

i knew it!!! Elvis is alive!!!

Posted by Paul November 9, 08 10:39 AM

cudne :)

Posted by maro November 9, 08 11:47 AM

Great work!
M proud to be a Bhutanese.......

Posted by Wangyel November 10, 08 01:10 AM

Our Country, Our Joys,Our Kings,Our Pride.

Posted by Tshering Phala November 10, 08 06:12 AM

I believe this interesting country is also the first to ban the use and sale of tobacco.

Posted by Sam November 10, 08 11:18 AM

Before attending Oxford, the new king of Bhutan attended and graduated in 1999 from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. Big story in the central Mass. newspapers!

Posted by LLC November 10, 08 12:32 PM

# 2 says it all:

It's GOOD to be the King! ;)

Posted by Marcelo November 10, 08 01:16 PM

wahh wish i was in bhutan to celebrate coronation too

Posted by Deki November 11, 08 12:27 AM

Having visited Bhutan a few years ago, as discussions were beginning about adopting a constitution and instituting democracy -- much to the the consternation of the average people I talked with -- it was wonderful to see vivid photos of the transition. The Fourth King seems to be very wise in passing on the throne as a gesture to the future of Bhutan. I have never visited a country more at peace with itself, more responsive to its people and environment, or more charming in its interwoven history and myth. Thanks for the photos!

Posted by Phyllis ibn Agoura, California November 11, 08 11:35 AM


Posted by SONAM LHAKIY November 11, 08 01:02 PM

#22 Why is everyone showing their back to the king , except the lady who is accepting the gifts?

Posted by Sujay November 12, 08 07:06 AM

Long live let Bhutan remain untainted by the consumerism of the West. They have pioneered the introduction of Gross National Happiness as a replacement for GDP. Something that the West perhaps should be thinking about in these unfortunate times.

Posted by Simon Demler November 12, 08 09:00 AM

A Starbucks and McDonald's?? Damn!!! (In reference to comment # 9)

Posted by Anti Starbucks and McDonalds November 12, 08 10:31 AM

Fascinating place, pictures and politics! What if America decided that the spiritual grace of its citizens was its greatest value?! What if we did without waiting for our government to lead us, the people leading the government by example? What a concept! We're in hell right now and Bhutan and Obama, who lead a gracious campaign, never stooping lowly, are reminders of what we can rise to! American would have to change its god from money to Divinity.

These are new times with new approaches to old ways and deeds. Let freedom ring! Ashay!

Posted by DAFINA KUFICHA November 12, 08 11:57 AM

The Bhutanese have a decent idea, a "Gross National Happiness index", which might be made to work for America. However, we need to keep the separation of church and state in mind here. That means an index of spiritual (or psychological) happiness may not regard any one religion as supreme over any other. However, that being said, I see no problem with the idea of making a happiness index.

Posted by Richard Rabinowitz November 12, 08 08:31 PM

...ya bhutantimes.. BIG LIKE ELVIS.. He just can't say 'No' though..i saw.. He is too nice... so.. be gentle on Him LONG LIVE OUR KING

Posted by somdanee November 13, 08 02:13 AM

m proud to be a Bhutanese. and the speech that our 5th Druk gyalpo gave us on 7th novemember really touched my heart, infact m sure it deed touch the heart of all the Bhutanese.I get inspired by our 5th Druk Gyalpo. thank you , thank you. thank you and thank you so much. and Tashi Delek.

Posted by Kaka dorjee November 13, 08 05:01 AM

"like something out of a movie or fantasy book" -- people please wake up. The government of Bhutan is listed among the top ten human rights abusers in the world, for their ethnic cleansing of Southern Bhutanese of Nepali (Hindu) origin. Currently over 100,000 are still in refugee camps and even the UNHC has given up on trying to help them them get back home.

Posted by Suzanne November 13, 08 04:15 PM

Thanks a ton for the awesome pictures!...As much as I pity myself for not being able to be back in Bhutan for the celebrations, I pity Suzanne for her inconsiderate remarks. The use of the term 'refugee' was not apt. One cannot become a 'refugee' in ones home country. Who wouldn't like to live in ones home country? The fact is, Bhutan was never colonized, have a distinct identity and like most countries, has its own share of immigration concern as it enjoys better living standard. Please visit Bhutan to help/awaken yourself. Trust me, it works! I will be more than happy to host you so that the planet will have one less ignorant being. Meanwhile, let us all continue to enjoy the auspicious moment. Much Happiness~

Posted by MirageBoston November 14, 08 02:42 AM

Thanks for the beautiful photos!

Posted by Allison November 14, 08 02:56 AM

i consider myself fortunate to have lived through this experience of coronation of our 5th King as a much older matured person, n also had the privelege to attend our 4th Druk Gyalpo's coronation in 1974 as a young class 1 student. It's a humbling experience n reminds us as Bhutanese, we can only prevail by keeping our heritage, culture n rich traditions alive, also striving to keep abreast of the modernizations taking place, the moving speech delivered by our His Majesty is a call to us all Bhutanese. The gallery presented here is extraordinary n a tribute to our nation. Thank you so much from all of us.

Posted by P Penjor November 14, 08 05:06 AM


Posted by ABDUL KADER HAJEE AHMED November 15, 08 01:07 AM

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Nov 15, 2008

Dear Great new king
.I am so very happy to the new king I wish the king and the bhutanese are very lucky to have a wonderful king

Posted by mas piyasakulchai November 15, 08 06:34 PM

i think bhutanese people are th most fortunate people in this planet under the wise leadership of his majesty the king.. i wish i was there to witness the coronation at the national stadium..
wis you a very happy and long life.. you really inspired me.. and thanks for the great pictures..

Posted by wodsel November 16, 08 02:36 AM

yah great pictures.. i would like to go there once before i die....i heard alot about this small beautifull and peaceful country..
god bless the new king........

Posted by sherten November 16, 08 02:43 AM

Long live the new king, I think bhutanese people are the most fortunate people in the world have a good majesty the king and I know the new king very live and help the bhutanese people have a better life

Posted by mas piyasakulchai November 16, 08 04:03 PM

Long live His Majesty the fifth king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. WE, the bhutanese people know that our country will grow strong and happy under your regime.
Best Wishes from all the bhutanese people around the world.

Posted by lucky wangmo November 16, 08 11:44 PM

If there is one peaceful place it is home and it is because we have a wonderful leader. We ,Bhutanese ,enjoyed peace and happiness under the regime of our 4th king Jigme Singye Wangchuck .THANK YOU Your Majesty for all the sacrifices you have made.We are proud of you.
I would like to wish our New King, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck,all the best.We love him as much as we love his father because we have all the faith that he is going to be a great ruler too.
The Pictures are stunning..great work.Thank you

Posted by T.Lhamo November 17, 08 02:57 PM

thanks for sharing our kings photo in web site
i wish u happy day

Posted by bhutan November 18, 08 04:43 AM

i know being a bhutanese what bhtan is.and every body will know what bhutan is, if they happen to visit bhutan.what ever the cornation completed with great success with the blessing of the god and good fortune of the people of bhutan.

i know bhutan is the most wonderful country i the world.hope this will continue till the world ends .
love you king, love you bhutan

Posted by jigme November 18, 08 08:48 AM

long live the people's king jigme!

Posted by dr. chompilas from Thailand November 19, 08 06:21 AM

In my simple opinion #10 is THE picture in this series. Iam into peoplefotography as well and this one definitely shows what it's all about!

#12 show an awesome fablelike place but lacks in features of skill using a camera.

Posted by david@berlin November 19, 08 02:01 PM


nice place, nice people .... I love Bhutan

Posted by thePooh November 21, 08 02:51 AM

Nice and great picture. Long live our selfless beloved Kings of Bhutan.

Posted by Athang Karma November 21, 08 07:34 AM

Such inspiring words from our majestic gave us the strenght to contribute to our country. we all follow you to bring new change and developement with peace and happiness.

Posted by Anonymous November 22, 08 11:08 PM

Long Live Our King...Pelden Drukpa..GYELO..GYELO..GYELO

Posted by Twangchuk November 23, 08 07:04 PM

Long live the new king of Bhutan. I love you as much as my king. I love you since y ou were the little prince and I still love you forever. I am looking forward to hearing from you . Also, most Thai people love you dearly. I am your fan club . Yours Majesty, From Mrs.Panwipa Boonnin,Thailand.

Posted by Panwipa Boonnin November 24, 08 12:07 AM

Nice youngest King of the wold and happy people. Expecting nice queen in meantime.

Posted by richard November 24, 08 01:04 PM

What a fine and inspirational soul is the new King. His first official address - "I will never rule you as a king. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing. I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children. I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality." - should be beamed around the World for all to see and know of him.

Posted by Merawyn November 27, 08 01:02 AM

Long Live the King!

Posted by Enchi November 28, 08 09:58 PM


Posted by Anonymous November 29, 08 08:52 AM

you are is king of bhutan. you throug us from country. and I heat you ok

Posted by yadhu parajuli November 29, 08 04:17 PM

So beautiful pictures of the most beautiful country and souls in the world, I've always wanted to live there and I'm still trying!

Posted by Hajar HABI November 30, 08 05:47 AM

we,the bhutanes are very fortunate to have two kings who look after us like their own children.i just want to wish them the worlds happiness...long live our great kings.PALDEN DRUKPA LHA GALO!!!!!!

Posted by SONAM WANGMO December 1, 08 05:20 AM

Long Live the Kings of Bhutan! I was there to witness this event. It's the most wonderful moment for all Bhutanese and lucky me. We all love you , your beautiful country and your people very much. I know Bhutan's in good hands because good people live there. Please keep Bhutan this way forever!

Great pictures, thanks for sharing and keep them coming...

Posted by Toom December 1, 08 06:04 AM

ulr the pictures are fantisic

Posted by Anonymous December 2, 08 04:31 AM


Posted by Anonymous December 2, 08 09:15 PM

I always wanted to go to other countries and found other countries very nice and amazing, but i forgot to look at my own country. Now that i m in another country, oh, how much i miss my country. long live my kings.

Posted by Anonymous December 3, 08 01:59 PM

I love my kings and my country......
thanks for sharing the pictures here.....i missed this historic events, but your picture made me satisfied..oh provocative,,,,
Long Live Our Beloved Kings

Posted by Pem December 3, 08 04:30 PM

post 14: why dont u go and take those photographs urself, this is a site for the coronation pictures.. not unnecessary bitterness.

post 70: some may have been southern bhutanese but majority were illegal immigrants. and dont talk about ethnic cleansing, there is still very much a southern bhutanese population in bhutan. and these are the ones with valid documents proving their citizenship. heck- there are even two southern bhutanese ministers in the newly elect govt. so dont talk about discimination and human rights.

and to no 94: dont be 'heatin' :)

Thank for all these wonderful photographs that help relive such a historic event .

Posted by Tara December 3, 08 05:23 PM

Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I feel it should be the Bhutanese websites to give these kind of pictures not otherwise so that our people in other country could get one. Shame to the Bhutanese media.

Posted by Tandin December 3, 08 11:20 PM

Millions of thanks to for bringing out such a beautiful pictures of our 5th King, we Bhutanese are very lucky to have a such nice and kind hearted King.

Long live our beloved King.

Posted by dechen December 4, 08 01:55 AM

thank u so much for posting this pictures here.. it is really lovely and the best picture i have ever seen from Bhutan... thanks again to this people who have done this job...

Posted by michel December 4, 08 03:22 AM

it was really delightful to see all these was truly amazin...PROUD TO CALL MASELF A BHUTANESE SOULY N WHOLY.....PELDEN DRUKPA ...LHA GYELO....

Posted by yeshay December 4, 08 06:01 AM

to my king, i pledge my loyalty and devotion.i have full faith in him that in his time we will move towards as a nation symbolising peace and simplicity.

Posted by vairochana December 4, 08 09:18 AM

for those who'd like to see some video coverage, you could visit

Posted by karma December 4, 08 10:25 AM

bravo pour ses photos !!! merveilleux pays j'espere 2009 y aller pour le vivre enfin !!!! ce pays me fascine depuis pas mal de temps , de plus bouddhiste tout fait pour y aller apres la mongolie le bhoutan maintenant!!!!

Posted by dominique December 4, 08 11:41 AM

Awesome, fabulous, stunning.....keep it up. long live the kind, handsome, and charming king.

Posted by kenneth December 4, 08 08:08 PM

Thnx 4 da pics... they are really great

Posted by Anonymous December 5, 08 12:00 AM

this is a follow up to post 108: here is a more direct link to the videos on the coronation:

Posted by karma December 5, 08 01:11 AM

m proud to be bhutenese...long live my kings....gob bless bhutan(land of thunder dragon)

Posted by Anonymous December 5, 08 06:10 AM

Hopefully the new King will treat all his citizens equally irrespective of their ethnicity and religion unlike his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck who made over 100,000 southern Bhutanese homeless overnight. Now he is denying that they are Bhutanese despite the fact that UNHCR has claimed that 99 % of them have documentary evidence to prove that they are Bhutanese. Those of us who have been following Bhutanese refugee story ,we are aware that USA has recently started to resettle the Bhutanese refugees whose first choice was to return to their homeland, Bhutan..

Posted by Sophie Brown December 5, 08 03:28 PM

post 103: don't undermine the mandate of UNHCR by calling the refugees illegal immigrants for your convenience. UNHCR has been trusted with the task of scrutnizing the genuine refugees in order to protect and shelter them since early 1950s. UNHCR was not born yesterday. How come Bhutan's population figure shrunk from 1,000,000 to 700,000 in last two decades. If you check the record with UN offices you will find the population of Bhutan was at 1,000,000 in early 80s, currently according to the Bhutan Government the population stands at 800,000. What happened to 200,000 Bhutanese.???

Posted by guest December 5, 08 03:48 PM

Post 114 & 115: There are always people who like to take the opposing extreme view and some make a living from doing that. Good Luck! Maybe you are one or you are just one of those frustrated bunch who are not able to afford a trip of a lifetime to Bhutan. Please visit Bhutan and I will be more than glad to host anyone, to shed their ignorance. Uumm! I guess, I need not elaborate but I am unsure how many people actually consider UNHCR as a credible body. Of course one cannot deny their great work but however well intentioned they may be, I gather that, there are circumstances where they even amplify and make the situation worse. There are many lucrative jobs at stake and ones got to after all save ones source of livelihood and the six digit income by prolonging the task. Nobody is flawless, after all! Politicians get involved…tons of free food, clothing, money and things just get dirty. Bhutan carried out its major (professional) nationwide population census only in 2005 and the whole world except you, knows that the 1m figure is just a random hypothetical number submitted to the UN by the convincing visionary leaders when Bhutan chose to join the UN. Maybe it is just a number entered wrongly in the database by an intern who had a late night! Did you actually believe it? You must be kidding! I can’t emphasize enough…Bhutan and Bhutanese have their own distinct/unique identity and unlike most countries, it is not a nation founded by immigrants. I hope I have done justice to your post (thank you) and made you a wiser person. Your parents will observe this change in you right away and be proud of you. They will thank me. Thanks again to Boston Globe for compiling these awesome pictures and for providing an opportunity to help those misguided friends, one person at a time. Enjoy the weekend!!!

Posted by MirageBoston December 6, 08 12:02 AM

Thanks for exceptional pictures.We, Bhutanese are not allowed to take pictures of His Majesty the King and the royal family, only Bhutanese media like Kuensel is allowed with prior permission. I am disappointed I couldn't take pictures of this special occasion of my life time.

Posted by Pema T December 6, 08 12:23 PM

longlive the king

Posted by Anonymous December 6, 08 11:49 PM

hey post 114 &115,
You seems to be a person who always sees negative in every things. Problem with you westerner is that you always seems to look for edges when there isn't one. There is a saying in Bhutanese that one shouldnot look for edges in the egg coz you wont be able to find one.
Our government is & was really kneen to solve this problem, even a delegation of High level verifying committee was formed & sent to the so called refugee camp to verify whether they are true Bhutanese citizens or an illegal immigrants from negihbouring India. Do you know what happened. the Committtee members were surrounded & & beaten up. So what elese can a country do, if the process of solving is not mutual. You cannot clap with one hand only. So analyze all this before u start yapping abt other country.
Any way thanks for such a lovely picture. It was really breath taking

Posted by Tshering T December 8, 08 11:39 PM

I agree that these are stunning pictures of a beautiful people and place. I just recently heard about the Gross Happiness Index and was thoroughly intriqued - that index shines in the people's faces - we should all be so kind and unassuming.
Yet, I have also heard that there are many Bhutanese who are refugees - many now coming to the U.S. (60,000). The people who are coming here will have a very difficult time adjusting to such a mean-spirited, materialistic culture. What will happen to the children?

Posted by Loretta December 9, 08 10:05 PM

Bhutan is peaceful counrty. The bhutanese people know they are living in a land where troubles faced by outside world is about to approach its doorstep. Their belief in their religion, faith in their Kings, respect for their elders, love for motherland and prayers for all seinteint beings in world has protected who they are.
The coronation of the fifth King is greeted by all the bhutanese people as a reminder of how fortunate they are to be living in a world where troubles sprout in the blink of an eye.
Bhutan and its people not only want the world to look at them and think about the value of life and its presence in this world but also seek advice on how to share its harmony and gratitude of being born in this world. How to improve itself and others.They thank and bow down to all the encouragements they were given by the wellwishers.

Posted by Tasheewang December 11, 08 03:48 AM

Beautiful and breathtaking pictures. wonderful work.
Some times people just make stories about Bhutan without knowing even a bit of it and at times has been attacked for no reason. Bhutan is such a peace loving country. Seeing is believing. People who are of no good opinion of Bhutan should visit and discover oneself that one has been wrong all these while.

Posted by riglo December 11, 08 08:50 AM

Beautiful and breathtaking pictures. wonderful work.
Some times people just make stories about Bhutan without knowing even a bit of it and at times has been attacked for no reason. Bhutan is such a peace loving country. Seeing is believing. People who are of no good opinion of Bhutan should visit and discover oneself that one has been wrong all these while.

Posted by riglo December 11, 08 08:57 AM

This New king is kind of baby. I hate Bhutan Policy of Chasing Bhutanese to out of country.

Posted by Piyasakulchai December 20, 08 12:55 AM

i am very proud to be Bhutanese.....

Posted by namgyel wangchuk December 24, 08 07:19 AM

let the sun of peace shine upon the peoples of bhutan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by jack December 25, 08 12:53 PM

All said and done, of late Bhutan seems to be one of the few countries where things are happening the way a state should ideally function. The king at the helm of the state is committed, the newly established government is striving to the best it can, the people are humble and believe in nonviolence, corruption is being curbed to the extent possible, environment is pristine, culture is intact, people's happiness is being treated as the most important priority of the country by the government. Where on earth can we find these combinations. Hats off. I think we can learn a lot from Bhutan if this planet is to be a space for living.

Posted by George December 27, 08 01:40 PM

No 70 & No. 114. The Bhutanese refugee crisis is very unfortunate. However there are very real and justifiable concerns being addressed here by the Bhutanese government: Firtsly, Most if not all of these refugees are of NEPALI, not ethnic DRUK (Bhutanese) language and heritage. Secondly, neighbouring Nepal has very recently experienced a Maoist coup d'etat. The so-called "Constituent Assembly elections" held in Nepal were the biggest farce so far in the 21st century. Only the Maoists were able to campaign without intimidation. Many of the Bhutanese refugees are known to have links with the Maoists. Small wonder then-their govt doesnt want them back. The Maoists want to export their revolution to Bhutan and India. and with only 700 000 people in Bhutan, this poses a real threat to this small Budhhist state.

Posted by Douglas Mackinnon January 4, 09 09:59 AM

I'm sure that he has a sweet soul, I wish him well. ♦

Posted by kay January 8, 09 04:52 PM

What can i say, it is very fantastic event! Actually i'm working in one of the earth station in Malaysia and required to broadcast this event to Tokyo starting from 6th Nov 08 to 8th Nov 08. A unique event that i ever seen. Very beautiful country in this world!

Posted by Cahaya January 15, 09 09:31 PM

This are very beautiful pictures. I wish all the best to his magesty the king.

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Posted by Uzi January 16, 09 02:08 PM

These are wonderful pictures and all this is history now. We wish long live for our beloved King. Thanks for sharing all these moment with Bhutanese people.

Posted by January 30, 09 04:32 AM

Long Live His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
Awesome Pictures and thanks for sharing

with loads of love and Prayer
From England

Posted by winnie February 2, 09 06:19 PM

Congratulations!!!! I will cheer you up here.

I really love & proud of Bhutan's fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
I felt in love you at the first time I saw you on Thai TV. when you came here for our King's celebration. You made all Thai people impressed at you since that time.
Someday I can visit there.......I HOPE !!!!
With my forever Love , New King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Thai Chubby Lady : Ms.Noochy Wu

Posted by Ms.Noochy Wu February 10, 09 04:47 AM

Cool!Keep this web site as a rememberence.

Posted by sachin February 17, 09 02:03 AM

I think the people bringing up the Terrorist/illegal Nepali immigrant issue are just beating a dead horse. The matter is resolved, with third party repartation from several generous countries. The ones shouting the loudest are the camp leaders, whose position comes from the illegal immigrant camps. Without the camps, their base of power is removed. This last shout from the Nepalese terrorist is the death throes that accompany failure.

Posted by Drukstylz February 27, 09 06:39 AM

I really love both our fourth and fifth king.I assure that we the Bhutanese people will continue enjoy unprecented peace and Happiness under the wise leader ship of our present king. I wish our king a very long life and may lots of fortunes and good omens happen in our country.

Posted by Tshering March 1, 09 03:47 PM

Bhutan never existed in my vocabulary until i read in Vancouver Sun that more volunteers are need to help refugees from Bhutan settle in their new country - Canada. and i am planning of volunteering to this cause so i researched on Bhutan but my searches led me to this page. there is limited info about Bhutan on the net so i want first-hand info from the Bhutanese themselves what exactly happened to their government. it seems to me Bhutan is the most peaceful country on this planet, those magnificent mountains, those gentle citizens on the pictures. i cannot imagine that refugees from Bhutan are coming to Canada. your new King is handsome, btw!!!

Posted by Fearless Sultana March 27, 09 10:53 PM

we love our king.....

Posted by jams March 29, 09 10:41 AM

My King is My God,My Parents,My Friend and Everything That is in Me. Time to come and time that has gone still brings the joy of being born as a Bhutanese.
I pray for thy peace and Joy forever.

Posted by Tshewang Lhamo March 30, 09 05:43 AM

r u people crazy??>??

he is the last king's son, and he rule the country because of the sperm come from the older king. and u people call this democracy????? no longer the power to the people!!!!!

what a bunch of nut case u people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by www April 5, 09 01:10 AM

its a moment of happiness and lucky being in the celebration.long live our great king.....................

Posted by tsetem April 6, 09 04:22 AM

We are just a nice people ruled by the wise Wangchucks. Learning quite a lot from our neighboring country Nepal, you guys know their situation which got damaged by few ruthless people. I really feel sorry for our cousin Nepalese especially those living under poverty. I hope Nepalese will improve in the times to come and they also learn from Bhutan. My prayers for them.
Bhutanese are always faithful to each other. 1. People faithful to King and Govt 2. King faithful to People and Govt 3. Govt faithful to King and People (vice versa)

So lucky to be born in Bhutan. May our country defeat all the evils that are harming our country. "Long Live our beloved Kings, may peace last forever and Gross National Happiness enshrine over this Last Shangrila of the Earth."

Posted by Karma Dhenden April 10, 09 12:41 PM

King,may you always remember that to be human is to be alive! Blessed is your Parents,Trust in God! Enjoy your reign.

Posted by Minette Kruger April 11, 09 02:30 PM


Posted by SONAM THUKTEN GYELTSHEN April 13, 09 03:57 PM

I love the old king , he looks very mercy !

Posted by Anonymous April 17, 09 10:43 AM

It is good to see the coronation pictures.New king is laughing showing his teeth.Do you think that he is thinking about the people evicted by his father staying in the nepalese camp lamanting??????????? I DON'THINK

Posted by Anonymous April 22, 09 01:58 AM

I wish my king for long life,
We the people of Bhutan will pray for you(King) day n night.
I love my young king

Posted by sangay April 24, 09 12:34 AM

AS pure as a drop of water from the tip of mountains, AS rich as the sunshine lighting up the whole world, AS natural as the flow of rivers and as deep as the oceans, like an answer to every arousing question... just a glimpse of smile on his face melts down the hardest hate with much garce , so down he bends and so high his thoughts bring hopes and lasting wisdom... compassion and love to every sentient being, blessing the world through peace and making it worth living. thou give life to every saddened thought thee the red rose of every heart.. hard it is to live up the faith of every heart, for which , thou works days and night, spreading in every soul a spark of deserving ultimate happinesss, thou give our bhutan a heaven look .... may this world be enough fortunate, to get learned of wisdom and know you , for thou art is only to be encored and highlighted, AS it lead us to the ULTIMATE HAPPINESS,,,,, SO LONG LIVE OUR KING ,,,,I LOVE MY KING AND COUNTRY ,,,,,,,,

Posted by NGAWANG SOPA ( ZIGAR GONPA) May 12, 09 08:05 AM

long live our king , for me you are everthing , god bliss our beloved king .

Posted by tshering May 13, 09 01:38 PM

My good Wishes are always with King, I will wish to come to your country at least ones in my life, You Are Very Lucky To Become A king of such a beutifule Country.

Posted by Avinash June 3, 09 03:09 AM

I really love & proud of Bhutan's fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.Bhutan is my neighbour country and most of our Indian cultural habits are still in force. Long live The Kind and the People of Bhutan!
With best wishes From L.K.Mathi, Chennai (Tamilnadu) India.

Posted by L.K.MATHI June 7, 09 04:15 AM

For more updates, please visit

He is the People's King! Too young and too wisely shouldering every responsibility. His first official address - "I will never rule you as a king. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing. I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children. I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality."
Bhutan recently experienced nature calamities, and to what is known as the King going out of his way to listen to his people's sufferings and problems, and in the event helping all his people from destitutue to happiness.
Hail to you, our beloved King, we love you so much! One nation, one people, gyelo pelden drukpa lha gyelo!

Posted by chotshe June 21, 09 04:04 AM

i always heard that Bhutan is beautiful and that it is the most peaceful nation, but i couldn't believe it unless i was out of the country. Seeing the world out of Bhutan i can bet my life that its the most peaceful and beautiful place in the world. i love my country and i have so much pride in me when i say that i am a Bhutanese.

Posted by namgay wangchuk July 4, 09 12:06 PM

Proud and glade to be a BHUTANESE.I will never forget the day he waved at me.


Posted by Bumchu July 8, 09 07:45 PM

Thank you very much making us so proud to be Bhutanese, Your Majesty.

Posted by Ugyen Karma July 13, 09 06:41 AM

Bhutan has a handsome king,
n his people proud of him
all i've heard they're happy living there.
wish there were someone like him in my country
or wish i were a bhutanese.

Posted by Gottin July 16, 09 02:50 AM

In the big continent of Asia,there is a small kingdom called Bhutan.In that kingdom people were lucky due to presents of king who he helped to developed and make people educated.So the people in that kingdom thanked to king.

Posted by Sonam Norbu July 17, 09 08:34 AM

long live our king............we all love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu......and very proud to be bhutanese.

Posted by t.wangmo July 20, 09 02:08 AM

i really appretiate what the pictures are but i am not sure whether it is real image or virtual.

Posted by K.N. USA August 2, 09 11:52 AM

First of all I would like to thank for the wonderful pictures from the coronation of our 5th King. But there are few here who are trying to tarnish the image of Bhutan by writing about the so called refugees. I will tell you these people are no refugees in the first place. They are illegal immigrants from India and Nepal who were trying to take over bhutan with the help of some traitors (Nepalese origin) inside Bhutan. When such things happen, Bhutan had to act to protect its national security.
Anyway we Bhutanese love our kings. They mean so much to us.

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 09 07:09 AM

His Majesty the fifth King of Bhutan is unlike anyother normal human. Khesar is our king, Kheser is our god, kheser is the life of every bhutanese citizens. May His majesty prosper like a morning sun shine that brightens the whole world and the universe.
Long live our beloved King Kheser.

Posted by your dedicated citizen August 28, 09 05:20 AM


Posted by Yanjiaren September 9, 09 05:32 PM

Your "Gross National Happiness" translates to "Goverment Neglected Households" for the 100,000 or more Bhutanese who had to leave their motherland because of one or more reasons most attributable to gross neglect by the regime to protect its citizens. No doubt, Bhutan is beautiful, mystical and serene. However, for us who were forced out of the country, GNH does simply signify "give no heed" to our appeal. It is indeed the most misleading heading to the most mundane essay over finding happiness in driving out your own people.

Posted by Bhim September 10, 09 02:06 PM

Thanks for sharing our belove kings photo in the website

Posted by Khechen Yangtrul Rinpoche September 19, 09 01:39 AM

xD yea live Thr Druk Gyelpo Indeed its really true that our fifth king is handsome of all in this world ^.^

Posted by Tshering September 19, 09 11:16 PM

hope the new king will solved the problems of bhutanese refuges.. casuse jenge singe wanchu the 4th king of bhutan forcefully make them out... fi u went thro old history wanchu family are also came from tibet... bhutan is not their ancestor home as well so... hope new king will manage to resettle the case

Posted by maya October 1, 09 03:09 PM

be a strong ruler........courage and faith is the key

Posted by fah dia October 6, 09 06:32 AM

That is the picture of my own country.But I can't be there because the smile face of the king is good in picture while the heart the king which is i control by india is very controvercy to that smile. So I became refugee

Posted by Govinda October 8, 09 12:49 PM

Rev King,
Thank you for making refugee for 18 years. You make our life in miserable but we are happy in America.
May god give you peaceful life and happy always not like nepal king.
We always pray for you.

Posted by Krishna October 22, 09 06:11 PM

A quick note of thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures from the coronation of our 5th King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. i m proud of being bron in Bhutan(very peacefull country), i wish long live to his Majesty the KING and Wangchuk dynasty. I always pray for you, and welbeing for the country and people......

Posted by wangpolaz November 13, 09 03:13 AM

awesome country! awesome kingdom! OH MY GOD!

Posted by EDDY November 13, 09 03:20 AM

all those negative comments on the young King are from the negative people who are frustrated because their negative propaganda was not successful. But the bottomline is that good will become better and the bad will rot to decompose. I pity on them because there are also some good among bad who simply got brainwashed. Long live the young Monarch of Bhutan.

Posted by Shangrilaman November 20, 09 05:00 AM

thank you for making refugee for eighteen years. We are happy in Usa
we give thanks for you wanderful father

Posted by Anonymous December 1, 09 04:31 PM

Five years away from the Home Country, yet living with the spirit to bring as much pride and glory as ever anybody did for my King, Parents, Country and our People in the times to come. Living day and night within my hectic den somewhere in the world, yet looking to everything pleasant happening within my Country, My Ever Loving Motherland, every moment of my life and missing everyone and everything over there….Carrying and beholding the Message of my Beloved 4th King (GNH), engraved within the deepest core of my soul, with it blanketing my mind and spirit to take my Country far and wide across to guide the world – no matter what Our size may be. And yes, no matter which part of the world I may be at the moment, I am proud to be moving on with that strength and Glory as a Bhutanese under The Grace and Loving Kindness of Our Beloved 5th King, worshiping His Loving Words presented during His first official address still hanging around my neck - "I will never rule you as a king. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing. I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children. I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality." HOW BEAUTIFUL !!! -
I Love You, My Bhutan
I Love you, my KING
I Love you all, Our People
In Life and in Death………..

Posted by Rinchen Nado Wangchuk December 9, 09 10:19 AM

God Bless him, I am from India and I know this is very peaceful and beautiful place, He is real king, his family always do their best efforts for their people.

May god bless him always

Posted by Shailendrad December 25, 09 02:10 PM

Sir Jigmeen king of BHUTAN,
Very much thank you on top I see the blue sky with the stripe all star game be love over again...
My king or kings been there donen that, me and you save live. By you keen and cleanliness warn Mr. president jing zeming for god sake. Click & shoot an arrow be bee name the king for country of love "bhutan"
I am Siri pinnya be one more say I love you peoplen of Bhutan. Love come from heaven above, I am people of Burma in southEast Asia very kind and fun.

Posted by Mr. siri pinnya January 9, 10 11:20 AM

Thanks for keeping coronation ceremony's pictures. I am a Bhutanese Boy resatle here in Denmark, I just born in Bhutan but i don't know all about Bhutan my family where Bhutanese Citizien even today my parents have BHUTANESE CITIZIENSHIP CARD. We where force to leave BHUTAN while i born in that beautiful land in 1990, i was 1 year old. After 17 year of refugee life in eastern Nepal we are living here in Denmark. Here we are enjoying Human Right which was not in Bhutan, I hope and pray to GOD though i can't got chance to enjoy the HUMAN RIGHT OF BHUTAN let the people who are living today in Bhutan get proper HUMAN RIGHT and DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. NOT A DRAMA OF DEMOCRACY !!! And i hope the Fifth KING will be able to solve his Citiziens problem who are living in refugee camp in NEPAL mention by UNHCR.

Posted by Dawa Lama January 16, 10 06:52 AM

Thank you fro aharing the pictures and let us join in making true prayers of our heart for the long life of our beloved king and boloved fourth king.

Posted by Pema Dorji, Teacher, chamgang Lower Secondary School. February 3, 10 04:17 AM

Bhutan is in a safe hand !!

Posted by Michael February 8, 10 02:10 PM

Solve the refugee Issue Gaser Then u will be regarded as a genuine king. Be a king with the peoples support and motivation. Think of u what u do if u were thrown out of the country. try to be a civilian frist rather than to be a king directly

Posted by Druk February 17, 10 01:21 AM

Hi Iam deepa from Canada.And iam bhutanese nepali.iam glad to hear that you are new king of My native Bhutan.but first you have to solve the problem of refugees(those people who love there country and they want to return there own motherland)many of the people still they have hope in then that one day government of Bhutan will take us from here.but till now there is no any discussion about them those who are in eastern part of nepal.forst you have to solve the refugee issue after you will be regarded as a real king of Bhutan.and thanks for kepping coronation ceromony picture in the top of this.O Motherland! May we,your subjects unite and be 'sweet-speakers'! Bless all of us so that we too could be soft.spoken.god bless you and my native m ”

Posted by deepa neopaney February 23, 10 12:39 PM

My pilgrimage to the purest land on earth some years ago fulfilled a life long dream. As an American Buddhist and follower of the Nyingma lineage which thrives in Bhutan I visited many sacred places where so many of the great Vajrayana Buddhist teachers and Saints resided in long retreats. The kindness of the people and the purity of the land itself made me feel as if I was in a Pure Land.

I pray for the future of this small land with a huge heart. In a time when the world seems to be in turmoil, we just need to turn to the Land of Gross National Happiness, as a model for how this precious earth could become in time.

Om Mani Pema Hung! Long life to the 5th King and the newly elected Parlament.

Posted by Orgyen Samten March 12, 10 08:16 PM

constitional monarchy plus the power of the people to impeach the king? Good Luck!!! it's a little bit suicidal to me...good luck, however. (no, irony intended).

Posted by nana tsun March 22, 10 02:32 AM


Posted by Rohit Gautam March 25, 10 10:01 AM

long live the King..
and I wish the beautiful Bhuthan stay so for ever withougt been ruined by western influence and so called democrocy.... Democrocy is not as aweet and people oriented as those barkings pretend.. If u want proof.. tell me wt good democrocy has done to other contries in the south asia like us. conflict, polititions trying to maintain power, and as there regeme over they betray contriey to forigns, no long time plans, no responsibility or love for country and people... So a good and kind KING is thousonds better than bunch of power hungry and rich 'electeds' . and being elected dsnt meen much here. If ur father is a politition u gt more chance to b a one too. It too descend in a king is better. atleast he wd have good genes and famelial responsibility and more experience.May buddha bless ur king.

Posted by SARC membr April 28, 10 06:48 AM

nise pise

Posted by Anonymous June 15, 10 08:22 AM

I have a dream to visit and see the King Jigme. He is brilliant, I love the way he govern his citizen.

Posted by Piengngeun June 21, 10 06:54 AM

This is so good to know, because I am from a kingdom in Africa, Accient City of benin kingdom,our trandaional ruler may he live long and serve his people well on the throne. He is Omo no Oba ne edo ukiahpolopolor OBA Eradiwa .

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, an Oxford-educated bachelor, we used is wisdom and his academic knowledge to rule his kingdom very well. I wish all citizens of your country happy enjoyment.
I am in deed greatfull to his father to hand over to his son to proceed and rule his people with honour and dignity, this alone pleases my desire.

my email address is below if you feel like having a chat with

Prince Posh

Posted by Prince Uyiekpen August 8, 10 07:44 PM

wonderful.........long live our king....
i love Bhutan...king ,country and people of this country...

Posted by Anonymous September 13, 10 01:40 PM

I love King Khesar, Long Live His Majesty the King.

The Bhutanese are fortunate to have a king like you.

Posted by Mei September 22, 10 11:56 PM

pretty good

Posted by Anonymous September 24, 10 01:47 PM

nice pix of d coronation & others in general. All d more so after seeing d handsome & charming king in person at RAJ BHAVAN, KOLKATA.

Posted by BHRAMORI ROY October 6, 10 01:29 PM

The king is young, handsome, articulate. HE always travel to the remote villages to meet his subjects.

HE love his people, His people love HIM.

Posted by Ming October 7, 10 02:51 AM

Can anyone tell me how to send a letter to the King?

Posted by Paul October 10, 10 09:54 PM

King Khesar travel to the remote villages to meet his people. He sleeps in the cold tents, schools, cowshed or damaged house. He drinks water from the local tap and share his food with them. He cook for the youth when he travel to the earthquake area.

I LOVE you. Long Live the King of Bhutan. You make us love you more....

Posted by May October 13, 10 11:12 PM

Paul, you may try to send to His Majesty's Office ...... Ha, Ha, maybe he will give you a reply .. a surprise for you.

Long Live my beloved King.

Posted by Li Wai October 14, 10 01:32 AM

King Khesar is a jewel. HE is humble, down-to-earth, charming, cultured.
The young king writes his speech himself and ask his sibling to do the same. A king of human values.

King Khesar loves to serve his people, this make the Bhutanese love him.

Posted by Anonymous October 14, 10 10:16 PM



Posted by WANG October 15, 10 12:22 AM

In November 2008 when he returned from the old capital after the ceremony, the 3hrs journey took him almost 9 hrs as people thronged both sides of the road to meet him. He got out of the car and walked for 5hrs.

Love you.

Posted by Xiao Wei October 17, 10 09:29 PM

During his royal tour to the remote villages, King Khesar bought shoes for the students. He spent alone with students in small remote classroom telling them folktales.

A People's King.

Posted by Kar Ying October 17, 10 10:11 PM

King Khesar always serve his people, he never rule them. His people love him very much.

Posted by KC Wang October 18, 10 10:04 PM

My country is a beautiful country and I am proud and lucky to be Bhutanese,
Love my country and love the pictures...............thanks camera man for such a wonderful pictures of my King and people..........

Posted by Sherub October 19, 10 11:00 AM

thanks You made my day... Am excited, happy, moved, touched, glad and emotional to see my king pictures. He mean a world to me. He is everything to me and my country. A king, whose vision and mission is one...GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS

Posted by karma October 21, 10 06:00 AM

hi king Jigmi gyashar namgay wangchuk.we had greater hope for the repatration to our home land,"Bhutan".during your reign.But all our dream had been put in to isolation as exactly as your cruel father king jigme singya wangchuk did.Anyway,we are not cursed but booned we want to see the prosperous country and people, with freedom of rights and equality, without any prejudice during your reign.

Posted by Anonymous October 22, 10 01:06 AM

I love my king no metta what others say, those people arent true bhutanese citizens , they are the refugees, but our king being so generous he didn't chase them away instead he begged them to stay in Bhutan(he went to the southern parts of Bhutan , risking his own life, just to stop the fight and beg the refugees to stay back) but dos unsympathetic people stepped out from the country, they even killed their own relatives those who refused to go against the king and to leave the country Bhutan . finally when they get the true test of cruelty and harsh life outside , they then pretend to love my country BHUTAN and so they come back to Bhutan not as citizens but as terrorist!! THEY AREN'T CHASTEN AWAY, THEY RAN AWAY!! LONG LIFE TO THE KING AND THE COUNTRY!!!

Posted by K.C dhonden October 22, 10 10:17 AM

I love my king no metta what others say, those people arent true bhutanese citizens , they are the refugees, but our king being so generous he didn't chase them away instead he begged them to stay in Bhutan(he went to the southern parts of Bhutan , risking his own life, just to stop the fight and beg the refugees to stay back) but dos unsympathetic people stepped out from the country, they even killed their own relatives those who refused to go against the king and to leave the country Bhutan . finally when they get the true test of cruelty and harsh life outside , they then pretend to love my country BHUTAN and so they come back to Bhutan not as citizens but as terrorist!! THEY AREN'T CHASTEN AWAY, THEY RAN AWAY!! LONG LIFE TO THE KING AND THE COUNTRY!!!

Posted by K.C dhonden October 22, 10 10:36 AM


Posted by Tshering Dhendup October 28, 10 12:01 AM

The Bhutan King, HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck had been working very hard to live up to the expectations of his father and his people.

Long Live my beloved king.

Posted by Nam Wah October 28, 10 02:01 AM

There is a young charming King in Bhutan.
His people love Him and proud of Him.
In the eyes of the Bhutanese HE is cultured, down to earth, handsome.
He serve his people and never rule them. He never demand anything from his people, but ask them what they want. This make his people love Him more......

Long Live my beloved King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Posted by Karma October 28, 10 09:56 PM

King Khesar is a precious gem.

Love you.

Posted by Kit October 28, 10 10:31 PM

2nd Happy Coronation Day.

Long Live my Beloved King.

Posted by Kit November 2, 10 02:11 AM

You are our precious gem. Happy coronation day.

Posted by KKC November 2, 10 02:58 AM

A caring King.

Posted by Kitty November 8, 10 12:19 AM

The Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is really worked for his people. The people genuinely love their king, and He in turn care greatly for them.

The fouth king of bhutan is very blessed to have a son like HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. HE is so devote to his people and country.

Long Live My Beloved King.

Posted by Thang November 10, 10 01:41 AM

King Khesar is a man with wisdom and capability. HE is a precious gem to all the bhutanese because HE is full of compassion ..........

Wish King Khesar long live and happy life.

Posted by Lisa November 10, 10 09:57 PM

Recently, after King Khesar visited to India, the King travelled straight to Bumthang to meet the victims of fire. HE personally oversee the reconstruction of the town and spend time with the people.

HE is truly a People's King. HE is always there when his people need help. HE has win his people heart, people wait for hours or some for days, under scorching sun or beating rain just to meet their Beloved King.

Posted by Pema November 10, 10 10:27 PM

King Khesar never take a rest when he arrived to the Paro, Bhutan Airport, he go straight to the Bumthang to meet the victims of fire.

HE is so devoted to his people. The people of Bhutan adore HIM.

Posted by Liang November 11, 10 02:35 AM

king khesar have a long life and succed in your each and every step of life ....and also fullfill yours dream to make bhutan as a peace ful country and be as example to other one more time
iam very awesome and glade to see you as a world youngest reigning monarch

Posted by Anonymous November 17, 10 02:49 PM

The young king enjoys a lot of adoration, love, respect, royalty of his subjects. HE really work for his people, a precious gem - King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Your people love you.

Posted by Viva November 17, 10 08:51 PM

King Khesar is doing a great job in his country. Bhutanese are very lucky to have such a good king, who are willing to serve his people and country.

HIS loving kindness soothe the souls and give hope to his people.

Your loyalty citizens always love and respect YOU.

Posted by Chen November 17, 10 09:06 PM

The fifth king is a true manifestation of Chenrezig, the lord of compassion. HE is truly a People's King. HE is loved by young and the old. HE is an inspiration.

On his tours across the country, people flock along the highways to greet and welcome the King. HE loves to spend time talking, listening to his people. HE enjoys a moment of entertainment or drinking ara(local brew) offered by his people.

HE has win the heart of his people. WE love our King.

Posted by Tashi November 17, 10 10:41 PM

The Young, Handsome King is a Heart Throb of the Nation.

The King treats his people like his family members. HE is a son of the soil, truly the People's King.

Posted by Anonymous November 18, 10 02:00 AM

For friends outside of Bhutan, thank you for your love of my country and the King. Your admiration to Bhutan and the King brings us goodwill.

But for those who claim to be Bhutanese refugees or who call them Bhutanese refugees, I would like to correct it. If they are Nepalese origin and they went back to Nepal, How does these people become Bhutanese Refugees???? They had first came as economic migrants for search of job during road construction in the 60s. They stayed on and later demanded separate land and identification for them. Isn't that too much? When Bhutan Govt. resisted their demands, they resorted staging typical of Nepalese behavour with violence demonstration. For sure, my country or any other will not tolerate such scrupulous behavour. Therefore, Bhutan acted against their terrorism. So they went back to Nepal from where they had come. They had gone back to their home/country and not to another country. It was a good cover page story to draw sympathy from International Orgs for easy lazy fund those days, but not anymore now. However, I appreciated the western countries for repatriating these people. At least they have better life then in Nepal. Please mark them; they are thankless people, no matter where they are. Today, these people should be thankful to Bhutan. In the name of Bhutan they are able get support from other quarters.

Posted by karma November 22, 10 06:24 PM

I admire and respect the King of Bhutan, because I know he is working very hard for his people to have a better life in future.

HE is a rare jewel in The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Posted by Anonymous November 22, 10 11:50 PM

Buddha sent King Khesar here to help the poor people in Bhutan. HE is a Dharma King.

Long Live the King of Bhutan -HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Posted by Wai Ying November 23, 10 12:01 AM

Unlike other children, the young king is strictly under the code of conduct when He is a little boy. HE has to shoulder huge responsibilities and trained by his father (the fourth King).

Bhutanese are fortunate to have a young King is well versed and informed in the art of national affairs and so deeply committed to his national responsibilities.

HE has no time to enjoy with his family or friends at this young age. Thank for your hard work to your people and your country.
A true Avalokiteshvara, in human form.

Posted by Anonymous November 23, 10 12:48 AM

Long Live to my beloved king.

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Posted by Anonymous November 29, 10 12:51 AM

His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is truly a good king.

Posted by Anonymous November 29, 10 02:16 AM

King Khesar is young, handsome, down-to-earth with a heart of gold. HE is truly a People's King.

Long Live my Beloved King.

Posted by Deki November 29, 10 08:35 PM

long live my king. god bless my king. may the sun of happiness shine on the bhutanese people. let the Gross National Happiness ruled the world. may all sentient beings be happy.

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Posted by KHEN November 30, 10 10:24 PM

In Royal Tour, the King faces great hardship to visit the remote villages, he experience the difficulties and conditions in which the people live was both touching and inspiring.

King Khesar is truly a People's King.

Posted by Zen December 2, 10 09:37 PM

Love you my king.

Posted by Chimi December 5, 10 08:49 PM

King Khesar, you are one in a million, truly a People's King.
Bhutanese are very fortunate to have a king like HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Love with respect to His Majesty the King.

Posted by Jia Jia December 6, 10 08:39 PM

His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a greatest gift from the god to the People of Bhutan.

Thank for your hard work to the country and people. LOVE YOU OUR KING.

Posted by Kesang December 7, 10 09:14 PM

Bhutan is a place where there is no dignity and respect for other public except Drukpa..... A king who can not manage his own people and does not know how to bring peace and harmony among the people.

Posted by Nim December 11, 10 02:41 AM

Long Live the King . We love K5, you are always in our hearts.

Posted by Tempa December 13, 10 12:05 AM

The King is a very handsome, tall, gracious, articulate young man.

Bhutanese adore him. Long Live King Khesar.

Posted by Jane December 13, 10 02:11 AM

Bhutan crowns a rare jewel. HE is so kind, nice, young, smart king.

Bhutanese are very fortunate. Long Live King Khesar.

Posted by Anonymous December 13, 10 10:15 PM

Es nicht ganz, was mir notwendig ist. Es gibt andere Varianten?

Posted by สมัครเปิด& December 16, 10 04:23 AM

King Khesar always gives his people hope, love. His people feel very secure under HIM.

We love you His Majesty the King.

Posted by Wawa December 27, 10 11:13 PM

We love you from our heart and soul. Long Live our beloved King.

Posted by Chung December 28, 10 09:40 PM

Bhutan has a bright future, if the king negociate with the political parties in the exile and promote human right and democracy in the country.
The people who are giving suggession to the king are missing the monarchy. See the history of aroyal family of Nepal,the advisors to the king are the mail culpit to wash the monarchy. It is now king's wish wheather he remails as a monarchy by talking to old democratic parties to promite humanright and democracy OR countdown opposite countdown of monarchy....100, 99, 98, 97,................3, 2, 1, 0 republic Bhutan.

Posted by pashu p. December 29, 10 01:29 AM

Bhutan king is a rare jewel. HE really done a good job in Bhutan. HIS love to his country and people have touched his people heart. His people adore HIM.

Long Live the King HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. WE LOVE YOU.

Posted by Kinley December 30, 10 01:08 AM

Bhutan king is one of the great king in the world. Love and respect the King of The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Posted by Lele December 30, 10 01:13 AM

Please do comment wisely coz if i insult your parents, god father, relatives or your beloved ones in front of so many people, i really wanted to know your reactions and your face turning very blush and heart pumping very fast with anger la. What so ever My King deserves every thing, not coz he is my King but coz he is the only one to sail us in the ship of happiness and cure us from pain of samsaric world.


Posted by Tshewang Dorji(OGZ) January 12, 11 11:07 PM

Bhutanese love their beloved kings very much. They know their kings very well too. The Kings have done many great work in the country.

Tshewang, u are right. Before giving any comments on the kings ....pls show some respect to the bhutanese. Some comments will make the people very unhappy.

Long Live to my beloved K4 and K5.

Posted by Dechen January 16, 11 11:35 PM

King Khesar always love to spend time with his people on streets/schools/villages........... and invites them to his palace.

He trek on high mountains and low valleys to meet his people ..... he drinks water from the rivers, local taps ..... walking on a rainy or sunny days.......... He is very closed to his people ........

Bhutanese believe K5 is the best on the earth. We love our king.

Posted by Jet January 17, 11 12:26 AM

Long Live the Bhutan King and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Posted by Betty January 17, 11 12:39 AM

His Majesty the King has touched and changed the lives of the people. The Bhutanese can share their own story about their Kings' deeds is endless .........

The people have love, respect, admire, faith, trust on their Kings.

Posted by Meng Meng January 17, 11 01:53 AM

"To me, my king is a light,
Who makes us bright,
I hold him in my heart very tight,
And always pray for him before I say Goodnight."
A message from a Bhutanese student ... very heart touching(go to the official facebook of the HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck).

We can see and feel the love of the Bhutanese to their beloved kings. HE in return...... really care for his people. The young king has win the hearts of his people.

Please don't give negative comments on the King.

Posted by Chung Peng January 17, 11 03:04 AM

We love our beloved kings. Thank you for your tireless effort in helping the poor and needy. We need your guidance .......... Long Live my Kings.

Posted by Kesang January 17, 11 10:25 PM

King Khesar is an inspiring role model, because of his age and dynamism.
He has stressed "one nation, one goal" .....................

He has improved the social welfare system (Kidu), the state officers are responsible to locate the needy rather the people travel to the capital
Thimphu to appeal help from the king.
He nationalised the sandstone and timber industries to make construction cost affordable and increase peoples' chances to own homes.
He issued an Royal Charter leading to the formation of DHI safeguard the national wealth.
Bhutanese are fortunate to have a good King. HE is a rare jewel.

Posted by Anonymous January 17, 11 11:18 PM

In Sept 2006, the then Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck reposes his faith in the the youth -
The youth must understand the reality of life. The reality is that they must always be prepared to compete and succeed through hard work and skills.

K5 always travel across the country to encourage the youth to work hard on their study.

We need HM the King to keep on encouraging or inspiring us. LOVE YOU.

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 11 08:48 PM

No private swimming pool, he swim in a public swimming pool with his subjects. King Khesar is so down to earth ...............Long Live my beloved king.

Posted by Anonymous January 20, 11 11:31 PM

All the Bhutan Kings are very handsome. The Kingdom of Bhutan is very beautiful and peaceful.

Happy Losar to all the Bhutanese.

Posted by Xin Yee January 24, 11 11:49 PM

Great Job, K5 .............. keep it up. We LOVE You.

Posted by Dema January 25, 11 01:53 AM

The civil service must strive for the highest standards,
live by higher ideals and nurture a sense of duty towards fellows Bhutanese - HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Posted by Lily January 25, 11 10:13 PM

Long Live our King. May all your dream come true.
Happy Losar 2011.

Posted by Nima January 26, 11 10:12 PM

we...all love our king n country..long live our king...

Posted by tshelteriem dorji February 15, 11 01:43 AM

Most of the remote villages have no road connection but the king tirelessly walks, sometimes for days spending nights in tents to meet his people. The young king was not the regular spoilt prince who rode fast cars or enjoy palatial comforts.
Haa, a small district in Bhutan, on hearing the news of fire the king rushed to the fire spot in one hour. He personally arranged a guesthouse for the fire victims, gave them money, toothpaste, soaps and blankets.
Bhutanese are lucky to have a Great King.

Posted by April February 15, 11 09:48 PM

The people of bhutan are not blindly worsip his King. You can see his photo on the streets, hotels, restaurants, shops, currency notes, airports, cans etc. The benevolent king who are loved - genuinely and deeply loved by his people.

Landless farmers are also being allocated land for free by the King. It'll take the king to each and every villages in the kingdom in the next three years.

HIS unconditioned love for his people and country. Long live my beloved king.

Posted by Jigme February 15, 11 10:41 PM

The Young King is part of the Bhutanese lives, "We love our king" you can heard this throughout Bhutan.

Long Live His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Posted by Anonymous February 18, 11 12:16 AM

hi, im sohan from new york america now.. actually i love my country Bhutan.. because im the bhutanese refugee and now im in america as my settlement.. i stilll wanna to go back to bhutan and live there.. but i can't .. coz bhutan government wont let me in.. i know it was my parents fault to be bad against government; not mine- so why dont u let me come inside my country of birth.. i know it was nepali's own fault to be refugee coz of political leaders like TEK NATH RIZAL.. i hate this all nepali political leaders now.. they are the one to make our innocent parents to go to the rally against government.. soo plplzplz NEW KING OF BHUTAN.. plz let me come to america i wanna live my next whole life in Bhutan.. even though im in america now.. i dont like this america.. i still lvoe BHUTAN...
(note;if anyone relates to government of bhutan see my this msgs plz contact me thankxa lot

Posted by sohan February 20, 11 10:17 PM

we love you

Posted by Anonymous February 23, 11 06:27 AM

Bhutanese always love their beloved king and country.

Posted by Anonymous February 28, 11 11:41 PM

Bhutan has a handsome, young and bright king.

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Posted by rem March 3, 11 05:31 AM

Bhutan 4th and 5th king worked hard on preserving their cultural heritage, environmental wealth and the harmony and happiness of the people.

Long Live HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Posted by Anonymous March 3, 11 09:10 PM

HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a young, handsome, down to earth, intelligent and caring KING.


Posted by Anonymous March 3, 11 10:06 PM

K 5 is always in the heart of all the Bhutanese. We love our king.

Posted by Anonymous March 8, 11 12:34 AM

We love you your majesty.

Posted by choki March 8, 11 12:36 AM

Every bhutanese(specially crazy bhutanese girls) are excited to get thier new king (Jigme GNW) judging his external look like handsome, tall , young etc.Even they are loving because he is tall and handsome , but i dnt think all the crazies can get the the share from the same cause will be the worst one in the forthcoming days eventually.Um lets see what the future recites..........i know he looks awesome.Tashi Delek

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Posted by ed March 29, 11 01:32 AM

Bhutan is really beautiful and peaceful country. The king is handsome.
I want to live in Bhutan . i live in kolkata. I want to be a primary school teacher in bhutan.

Posted by Sanjay Talukdar April 1, 11 12:02 PM

May Bhutan has peace and happiness under your benevolent and wise leadership.

Long Live my beloved King.

Posted by pashu April 4, 11 01:54 AM

i love my kings.. love live their majesties

Posted by zusamen April 25, 11 03:16 AM

I had the great fortune of visiting Bhutan in March 2011 and saw His Majesty at the Paro Tsechu. He sat among his people 3 rows in front of us and chatted with everybody. I pray and hope this little kingdom preserves its culture, its precious values, its beautiful environment for a long long time!
You can all be proud of your King and your country!

Posted by FW April 28, 11 07:21 PM

I have heard so much good of King Khesar. I specialize in rock gardens and landscaping. I am visiting Bhutan on a tour from 20th to 27th May as a tourist. I would like to know if i can be of any help for adding more color to Bhutan landscape without expecting any remuneration. I can send some of my garden photos which are unique. .

Posted by Ashok D. Dande April 30, 11 03:37 PM

I'm writing this from Malaysia,a so-called democratic country in south-east Asia. It's indeed so refreshing to read about a king who serves his people. Normally,kings seem so irrelevant and obsolete in this age and time. Most of them seem to be nothing but snails. If you break the shell on a snail's back it dies in the sun. Some royals are lazy and absolutely undisciplined. They only live to enjoy life. Worse still,many royals live a life of luxury while their people suffer without decent food,shelter or education.

The royals exist at the pleasure of their people. They must serve their people if they are to be maintained by their people's taxes. Their job is to ensure the well-being and happiness of their people. I read somewhere that the Bhutanese are the happiest people in the world. Wow! Congratulations!

I hope to be able to travel to Bhutan in the not too distant future to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this still pristine country. In fact,I am slowly working on a novel,the setting of which is modelled after Bhutan as I'm enchanted by the tranquility and wild beauty of your little country. All the best and God bless!

Posted by Yap Lian Chin aka TheOwl May 8, 11 10:56 AM

Lucky Bhutanese to have HM Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to be your King. Long Live the King.

Posted by Anonymous May 9, 11 02:12 AM

King Khesar is loved by the young and old. He spends time with them, talking and listening to them.

You are a great King. Keep it up...........

Posted by Lin May 10, 11 01:23 AM

During his Royal Tour to the remote villages, the King must have experienced exhaustions, hungry, thirsty ..............walking for many hours just to meet his subjects.

This make his people love, respect HIM so much.

Posted by Sunny May 11, 11 12:19 AM

The King is always there with his subjects whether on a rainy, sunny, stormy, cloudy day. Love the KING very much.............

Posted by June May 11, 11 02:17 AM
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