History of Bhutan

Stone Painting in BhutanThe stone implements discovered in Bhutan indicates that the country was inhabited as early as 2000 B.C. The country came to be known as Druk Yul or The Land of the Drukpas sometime in the 17th century. The name refers to the Drukpa sect of Buddhism that has been the dominant religion in the region since that period.

Buddhism was introduced in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and further strengthened by the arrival of Guru Rimpoche, a Buddhist Master that is widely considered to be the Second Buddha.

Buddha in BhutanThe country was first unified in 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. After arriving in Bhutan from Tibet he consolidated his power, defeated twelve Tibetan invasions and established a comprehensive system of law and governance. His system of rule eroded after his death and the country fell into civil war between the various local rulers. This continued until the Trongsa Poenlop Ugyen Wangchuck gained control of the country. And with the support of the people establish himself as Bhutan’s first hereditary King in 1907 and set up the Wangchuck Dynasty that still rules today.

In 2008 Bhutan enacted its Constitution and converted to a democracy in order to better safeguard the rights of its citizens. Later in November 6th of the same year, the currently reigning 5th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was officially crowned.