The National Memorial Chorten, venue for the 3rd Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, was built to honour the memory of His late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, and for peace to prevail in this world.
It is believed that the construction of a chorten generates enormous merit, which will benefit all living beings on earth. It had been His late Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo’s cherished dream to build a magnificent chorten in Thimphu for the benefit of all sentient beings. After His Majesty passed away in 1972, the chorten was built in memory of the King, under the patronage of His Majesty’s mother, Her Majesty Phuntsho Choden.
Today, it is an important landmark in Thimphu, and a place for devotees across the social spectrum to offer prayers and circumambulate.
The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, was initiated in 2015 in accordance with His Majesty The King’s desire for there to be an event which would encourage the appreciation of beautiful spaces, foster a sense of community, and encourage entrepreneurship in floriculture and gardening.
In its first two editions, the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition has already become hugely popular with the Bhutanese as well as visitors– each day saw a record number of visitors enjoying the special event in successive years. An increasing participation of friendly countries has contributed to the exhibition’s success.
The first two editions of the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition were held at the extensive Paro Ugyen Pelri Palace grounds, with cultural displays amongst the flowers.
This year, the exhibition at the much smaller Thimphu National Memorial Chorten, explores the loveliness and ease of cultivating micro gardens, and bringing colour and beauty to all kinds of spaces
The Memorial Chorten in June, is where the magic will reside.
Pink Petunias, burlap, and some serious artistry- a glimpse of what’s to come at the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition 2017.