His Majesty The King and His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo graced the opening of the 5th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition at the Tendrel Thang of Samdrup Jongkhar. Members of the Royal Family also graced the event.
This year’s exhibition was dedicated to the 39th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The King. It was organized by a committee led by the Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde. The Prime Minister, government officials, and representatives from Samdrup Jongkhar attended, along with the Ambassador of India to Bhutan, and officials from the neighbouring Indian state of Assam.
To commemorate His Majesty’s Birth Anniversary, the organizing groups and the government offered birthday cakes, while members of the community put together a cultural performance to open the exhibition.
The main venue of the flower exhibition this year is at the Tendrel Thang of Samdrup Jongkhar, where gardens have been developed by the Ministry of Agriculture, private nurseries, and the armed forces based in Samdrup Jongkhar. Besides the gardens, the main venue includes stalls displaying local artisanal works and souvenirs, traditional medicine, and tourism information booth, as well as a food court run by entrepreneurs from Samdrup Jongkhar and neighbouring areas.
This year’s exhibition extends beyond the main venue to include the entire Thromde area, with the participation of the local community and businesses. A number of gardens and installations have been developed at various parts of the town. The people of Samdrup Jongkhar have actively participated in the transformation of the town, by putting up their own floral arrangements around their homes and shops.
Gardens developed outside of the Tendrel Thang will be permanent features of the town following the conclusion of the exhibition, as one of the overarching objectives of the Exhibition is to bring about lasting transformation of living spaces. His Majesty granted over 1700 saplings for the permanent gardens, while they were being developed in January this year.
The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was initiated upon Royal Command in 2015, with the vision of fostering beautiful living spaces and promoting economic activity.
Hundreds of people have already visited the exhibition since it opened for public viewing at 2pm.
The flower exhibition will be open till the 27th of February.