The Flag of Bhutan

The flag of Bhutan is diagonally divided from the lower hoist-side corner, with the upper triangle being yellow and the lower triangle being orange. Centrally placed over the dividing line is a white dragon facing towards the hoist side. The dragon, known as the Druk (Thunder Dragon), symbolizes the protection of the country, while the yellow represents the authority of the king and the orange signifies Buddhism, which is the country's spiritual tradition.

The Flag of Bhutan

History

The flag of Bhutan has evolved over time but has maintained some consistent elements that reflect the country's values and heritage. The first version of the flag was introduced in the early 20th century, around 1947, with subsequent modifications made to refine its design. The current flag was standardized in 1969. The inclusion of the Druk is significant as it represents the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, which has been influential in Bhutan. The colors and the dragon symbolize the blend of monarchical power and religious practice that characterize Bhutanese culture. Over the years, the flag has become a strong symbol of Bhutan's identity, sovereignty, and the unique blend of tradition and governance that defines the nation.