Facts about Bhutan

September 16, 2017
  1. Bhutan opened its doors to the outside world in the early 1960s.
  2. Bhutan got its first paved road only in 1962.
  3. The history of Lhakhangs in Bhutan dates back to the 7th century when the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo built 108 temples throughout the Himalaya region to subdue a demon.
  4. His Majesty the fourth King – Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicated the throne in favor of his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
  5. Television came to Bhutan only in 1999.
  6. Bhutan is the happiest country in South Asia and the tenth happiest in the world.
  7. Bhutan became a constitutional democracy from an absolute monarchy in 2008.
  8. Chili is the main dish in Bhutan.
  9. Bhutan is the only country in the world to be governed by the philosophy of Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product.
  10. Bhutan’s parliament is the most educated parliament in the world. All MPs are required by the constitution to hold a college degree.
  11. More than 60% of the Bhutanese population is under the age of 25.
  12. Bhutan is the only country that follows the tantric form of Buddhism.

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