Bhutanese

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Did you know that Bhutan is the only country in the world that marks its growth and development in terms of GNH (Gross National Happiness) instead of GNP (Gross National Product)? The happiest country in Asia and the eighth happy country in world, Bhutan is one of the most ‘isolated’ countries in the world. This landlocked Himalayan kingdom is rich in culture and heritage and proffers travellers and tourists beautiful landscape, scenic views and untouched greenery. Just as this ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is famous for its beauty and ethnicity so are its nationals, celebrated for their works and their achievements. Of the most famous Bhutanese known to the world, some of them worth mentioning include Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the fourth Dragoon and the former King of Bhutan. He is responsible for modernizing this isolated Himalayan country. Jigme Singy Wangchuk not just introduced television to this mountainous country but also came up with a new constitution that helped the country make its transition from a monarchy to a democratic country. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, a religious leader, filmmaker and author, is credited for giving Bhutanese people food for thought with his films and books. Tshering Togbay is a renowned politician of Bhutan and also the incumbent Prime Minister since 2013. Know some other important and famous Bhutanese, their life and their works, with this write-up.
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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
(5th King of Bhutan)
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
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Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is Druk Gyalpo or "Dragon King" of the Kingdom of Bhutan. He is the son of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who abdicated the throne in his favor in 2006. As the king, he began overseeing the democratization of Bhutan and has implemented several reforms to improve the standard of living in his country. 

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Jetsun Pema
(Queen Consort of Bhutan)
Jetsun Pema
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Birthdate: June 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan

Jetsun Pema, the Bhutanese “Dragon Queen” and the wife of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, is the world’s youngest queen consort. A descendant of a Bhutanese noble family, Pema was educated in India and London, and excelled in basketball. A national style icon, she is often compared to Princess Diana.

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Jigme Singye Wangchuck
(Former King of Bhutan)
Jigme Singye Wangchuck
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Birthdate: November 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan
Jigme Singye Wangchuck had taken over as the king of Bhutan when he succeeded his father in 1972, at age 16. Interestingly, Wangchuck had married four sisters in a "Royal Wedding." He is known for promoting Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product as the goal of Bhutan.
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Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
(Third King of Bhutan)
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
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Birthdate: May 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trongsa
Died: July 21, 1972

The Dragon King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck had a major role in modernizing his tiny Himalayan country. In his 20-year reign, he built countless roads, schools, and hospitals. He also secured financial aid from India and other Asian countries. An avid reader, he also loved hunting and gardening.

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Ugyen Wangchuck
(The First Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan))
Ugyen Wangchuck
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Birthdate: 1862 AD
Birthplace: Bumthang District
Died: August 7, 1926

Ugyen Wangchuck reigned as the first king of Bhutan from 1907 until his death in 1926. He is remembered for his efforts to unite Bhutan and gain the trust of his subjects. Wangchuck is credited with founding the Buddhist monarchy in 1907. A spiritual person who had close relationships with spiritual masters, Wangchuck oversaw the construction of the Kurjey temple.

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Chencho Gyeltshen
(Footballer)
Chencho Gyeltshen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shaba, Paro District

The Ronaldo of Bhutan, Chencho Gyeltshen has made a name for himself as Bhutan’s all-time top goal-scorer in football, with nine international goals. Apart from participating in the Bhutan National League, he has also captained Druk United in the Thimphu League and been part of the Indian I-League.

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Ngawang Namgyal
(Buddhist monk)
Ngawang Namgyal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1594 AD
Birthplace: Ralung Monastery, Tibet
Died: 1651 AD
Zhabdrung Rinpoche
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
(Actor, Film producer)
Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
(film director, screenwriter, Lama)
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
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Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Eastern Bhutan
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Tshering Tobgay
(Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Tshering Tobgay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haa District, Bhutan

Former prime minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay co-founded the People's Democratic Party. He has also been the opposition leader of Bhutan for 5 years. Educated in Kalimpong in India, Tobgay also boasts of a master’s degree from Harvard University. A TED speaker, he advocates for Gross National Happiness.

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Je Khenpo
(Monk)
Je Khenpo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Jigme Thinley
(Former Prime Minister of Nepal)
Jigme Thinley
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan

Jigme Thinley is a Bhutanese politician who served as the country's prime minister from 2008 to 2013. The recipient of several prestigious honors, such as the Druk Thuksey medal, Coronation medal, and Druk Wangyal medal, Jigme Thinley has been an important politician for Bhutan over the years. 

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Jigme Chhoeda
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Autsho, Lhuntse, Bhutan
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Kunzang Choden
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan
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Khandu Wangchuk
(Prime Minister, Politician)
Khandu Wangchuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paro,Bhutan
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Sonam Tobgye
(political)
Sonam Tobgye
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dechen Wangmo
(Politician)
Dechen Wangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Neten Chokling
(Rinpoche, Actor)
Neten Chokling
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan
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Kinzang Dorji
(Prime Minister, Politician)
Kinzang Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chhali Gewog, Bhutan
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Jigme Palden Dorji
(Politician)
Jigme Palden Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 14, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bhutan House, Dungra Khasmahal
Died: April 6, 1964
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Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1897 AD
Birthplace: Gangtok, Sikkim India
Died: May 26, 1994
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Tandin Bidha
(Actress, Model)
Tandin Bidha
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Birthplace: Bhutan
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Gendun Rinchen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1926 AD
Birthplace: Paro Taktshang, Bhutan
Died: April 18, 1997
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Tsokye Tsomo Karchung
(Actress, Beauty pageant winner)
Tsokye Tsomo Karchung
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Birthdate: August 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan
Chogyal Minjur Tempa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1613 AD
Birthplace: Min-Chhud, Tibet
Died: 1680 AD
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Karma
(Archer)
Karma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trashiyangtse, Bhutan
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Neten Zangmo
(Politician, Official)
Neten Zangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan
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Lhendup Dorji
(Prime Minister)
Lhendup Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kalimpong, India
Died: April 15, 2007
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Lama Gyurme
(Musician, Monk)
Lama Gyurme
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Yeshey Zimba
(Former Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Yeshey Zimba
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Sangay Ngedup
(Prime Minister)
Sangay Ngedup
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Punakha, Bhutan
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Sonam Lhamo
(Actress)
Sonam Lhamo
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Lenchu Kunzang
(Sport shooter)
Lenchu Kunzang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Kezang Wangmo
(Politician, Actress)
Kezang Wangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Paro, Bhutan
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Ashi Tashi Dorji
(Politician)
Ashi Tashi Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalimpong, West Bengal, India
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Orgyen Tobgyal
(Rinpoche, Writer)
Orgyen Tobgyal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Nangchen, Kham, Tibet
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Lily Wangchuk
(Politician, Diplomat)
Lily Wangchuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dil Maya Rai
(Politician)
Dil Maya Rai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dechen Pem
(Singer, Actress)
Dechen Pem
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Listed In: Singers
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Sonam Kinga
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Tshering Choden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Radhi, Bhutan
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Dinesh Kumar Dhakal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dorji Choden
(Politician)
Dorji Choden
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Jigme Drukpa
(Musician, Actor)
Jigme Drukpa
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Sherab Zam
(Archer)
Sherab Zam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kashithang, Dagana District, Bhutan
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Lhaki Dolma
(Actress, Politician)
Lhaki Dolma
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Punakha, Bhutan
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Sangay Wangchuk
(Long-distance runner)
Sangay Wangchuk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan
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Dorji Dema
(Archer)
Dorji Dema
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan
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Pema Choden
(Diplomat)
Pema Choden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan