Bhutanese

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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 1 Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
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Famous As: 5th King of Bhutan
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. 

 2 Jetsun Pema

Jetsun Pema.
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Famous As: Queen Consort of Bhutan
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.

 3 Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
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Famous As: Former King of Bhutan
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.

 4 Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
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Famous As: Third King of Bhutan
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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 5 Ugyen Wangchuck

Ugyen Wangchuck.
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Famous As: The First Druk Gyalpo (King of Bhutan)
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.

 6 Chencho Gyeltshen

Chencho Gyeltshen.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
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.

 7 Ngawang Namgyal

Ngawang Namgyal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Buddhist monk
Birthdate: 1594 AD
Birthplace: Ralung Monastery, Tibet
Died: 1651 AD
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 8 Zhabdrung Rinpoche

Zhabdrung Rinpoche
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 9 Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk

Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 10 Je Khenpo

Je Khenpo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 11 Jigme Thinley

Jigme Thinley.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Nepal
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. 

 12 Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter, Lama
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Eastern Bhutan

 13 Jigme Palden Dorji

Jigme Palden Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bhutan House, Dungra Khasmahal
Died: April 6, 1964

 14 Jigme Chhoeda

Jigme Chhoeda
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Autsho, Lhuntse, Bhutan

 15 Khandu Wangchuk

Khandu Wangchuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister, Politician
Birthdate: November 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paro,Bhutan

 16 Karma

Karma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Archer
Birthdate: June 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trashiyangtse, Bhutan

 17 Sonam Tobgye

Sonam Tobgye
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: political
Birthdate: November 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bhutan

 18 Lhendup Dorji

Lhendup Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kalimpong, India
Died: April 15, 2007

 19 Dechen Wangmo

Dechen Wangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 20 Sangay Ngedup

Sangay Ngedup
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Punakha, Bhutan

 21 Neten Chokling

Neten Chokling
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Rinpoche, Actor
Birthdate: August 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan

 22 Tshering Tobgay

Tshering Tobgay.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Bhutan
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.

 23 Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji

Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1897 AD
Birthplace: Gangtok, Sikkim India
Died: May 26, 1994

 24 Lama Gyurme

Lama Gyurme
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Musician, Monk
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan

 25 Kinzang Dorji

Kinzang Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister, Politician
Birthdate: February 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chhali Gewog, Bhutan

 26 Orgyen Tobgyal

Orgyen Tobgyal
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Rinpoche, Writer
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Nangchen, Kham, Tibet

 27 Gendun Rinchen

Gendun Rinchen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 1926 AD
Birthplace: Paro Taktshang, Bhutan
Died: April 18, 1997

 28 Tandin Bidha

Tandin Bidha
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 29 Neten Zangmo

Neten Zangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Official
Birthdate: September 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan

 30 Chogyal Minjur Tempa

Chogyal Minjur Tempa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 1613 AD
Birthplace: Min-Chhud, Tibet
Died: 1680 AD

 31 Sonam Kinga

Sonam Kinga
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 32 Lhaki Dolma

Lhaki Dolma
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Famous As: Actress, Politician
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Punakha, Bhutan

 33 Dorji Choden

Dorji Choden
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bhutan

 34 Yeshey Zimba

Yeshey Zimba
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan

 35 Lenchu Kunzang

Lenchu Kunzang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sport shooter
Birthdate: February 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhutan

 36 Sonam Lhamo

Sonam Lhamo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 37 Kezang Wangmo

Kezang Wangmo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paro, Bhutan

 38 Ashi Tashi Dorji

Ashi Tashi Dorji
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalimpong, West Bengal, India

 39 Dinesh Kumar Dhakal

Dinesh Kumar Dhakal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bhutan

 40 Tsokye Tsomo Karchung

Tsokye Tsomo Karchung
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Famous As: Actress, Beauty pageant winner
Birthdate: August 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan

 41 Sherab Zam

Sherab Zam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Archer
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kashithang, Dagana District, Bhutan

 42 Lily Wangchuk

Lily Wangchuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: October 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhutan

 43 Sangay Wangchuk

Sangay Wangchuk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 44 Tshering Choden

Tshering Choden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Archer
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Radhi, Bhutan

 45 Dil Maya Rai

Dil Maya Rai
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 46 Dechen Pem

Dechen Pem
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 47 Jigme Drukpa

Jigme Drukpa
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Actor
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Bhutan

 48 Kunzang Choden

Kunzang Choden
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Bumthang, Bhutan

 49 Dorji Dema

Dorji Dema
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Archer
Birthdate: October 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thimphu, Bhutan

 50 Sonam Chuki

Sonam Chuki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Archer
Birthdate: April 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhutan