Conversation with Bhutan’s Young “Dragon King”

THIMPHU, BHUTAN–King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a young ruler connected deeply with the digital universe while remaining anchored in the teaching and wisdom handed down through generations. He surfs the Web to gauge the mood of the people, following the conversations of his subjects and engaging them through social media. He has his own Facebook page, and he knows about National Geographic’s Bhutan blog from perusing it on his iPhone.

From what he calls the attic of the world, his small Buddhist country high in the Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountains, Bhutan’s constitutional monarch monitors the activities of the planet. He is proud that Bhutan is able to navigate the daunting development challenges facing his country while remaining true to the legacy of its past, which includes a commitment to preserving the country’s natural heritage. It’s the path he chose for his people, although he acknowledges it is not easy or instinctive to always know the best way forward.

His Majesty received a delegation of National Geographic executives and scientists today, noting “with gratitude” that the Society had been promoting his country for a hundred years. (Read the article published by National Geographic in 1914, Castles in the —> Read More Here


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