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Early life of His Majesty the 4th King of Bhutan

Born to His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Queen Mother Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck, His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck is the only brother to four sisters, Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Choden Wangchuck, Her Royal Highness Ashi Dechen Wangmo Wangchuck, Her Royal Highness Ashi Pema Lhadron Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Ashi Kezang Wangmo Wangchuck. His birth on November 11, 1955, in Dechenchholing Palace (the Palace of Great Bliss), corresponding to the Wood Sheep year, not only ensured an heir to the throne, but augured well for a bright and secure future of Bhutan.

HM with his father the late HM

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A Birthday Tribute for His Majesty the 4th King

His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck our beloved 4th King turns 52 today. 11th of November is a very special day for all of us because His Majesty means so much to all of us. Trying to blog about what His Majesty means to me has been very difficult – there is just too much to talk about. After many unsuccessful tries, I finally gave up, and scoured the web for an appropriate post for this important day. I came across this article by TsheringG posted on on the 6th of September 2006. Enjoy reading, and join me in wishing His Majesty a very happy birthday.

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On the descending day of the Buddha

This years Lha Bab Due Chen fell on the 1st of November, 2007. I visited the Thimphu Dzong and Dechenphug.

Not many people were at the Dzong – I had a very relaxed time, enough time to chat with the Koeners (monk care-taker) about statues and wall paintings.

Dechenphug was a different story. There was a queue starting from the parking lot, which snaked around and into the Lhakhang. A majority of these visitors were young boys and girls. People talk about our youth not being religiously inclined. Think again…

Thimphu Dzong


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Coronation and the Centenary Celebrations 2008 Logo – Why I am not dazzled

On the 16th of June, 2007, the logo for the historic events of the Coronation and the Centenary Celebrations in 2008 were publicly unveiled, after holding a national design competition, with a very handsome cash prize.

The following is the official logo for Coronation and the Centenary Celebrations in 2008.

Bhutan 2008 Coronation and Centenary Celebrations Logo

4 months have passed by, and being a designer myself, I am surprised not to see much activity by the Bhutanese entrepreneurs in designing products and services for 2008 centered around the logo. This has led me to look at the logo closely.

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It is no longer enough to say I am the best in Bhutan – His Majesty addresses the graduates of 2007

There are only three things that I always keep in mind when I am working – three things that influence all decisions that I take. The first is the peace, security and prosperity for Bhutan now and in the future. Second issue that I consider very important for our country’s future is the achievement of the goals of Gross National Happiness. The third is building a vibrant democracy for our country.

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