Bhutan National Anthem

Anthem History

"Druk tsendhen" (The Thunder Dragon Kingdom) is how Bhutanese also refer to their country. The music is reminiscent of the native style of music in that region. The composer of the anthem was trained in India, becoming that country's first bandmaster. After his return to Bhutan, the Indian prime minsiter paid a visit to the country, and the anthem was composed for the occassion, on the request of the Bhutanese king. The original tune was based on the folk song "thri nyampa med pa pemai thri" ("The Unchanging Lotus Throne"). An interesting note is that the folk song has choreography that goes along with it, making this possibly the only national anthem to be based on a choreographical work.

Anthem Lyrics

Druk tsendhen



Druk tsendhen koipi gyelkhap na


Loog ye ki tenpa chongwai gyon


Pel mewang ngadhak rinpo chhe


Ku jurmey tenching chhap tsid pel


Chho sangye ten pa goong dho gyel


Bang che kyed nyima shar warr sho.

Anthem Lyrics English

In the Thunder Dragon Kingdom, where cypresses grow


Refuge of the glorious monastic and civil traditions,


The King od Druk, precious soverign,


His being is eternal, his reign prosperous


The enlightenment teachings thrive and flourish


May the people shine like the sun of peace and happiness!

Bhutan Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 1969
Flag Symbolism The rectangular national flag of Bhutan is diagonally segmented and depicts a white dragon across the middle. The upper part of the flag is golden yellow, which represents the secular power of the king. The lower part, which is orange, indicates the Bhuddist influence. The dragon, whose white colour is associated with purity, represents Bhutan. The jewels it holds in its claws represent the wealth and perfection of the country.

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