While many Americans were celebrating a change of government in the U.S., people in Bhutan were observing the change of an era.
Nestled amid the Himalayas, the isolated kingdom of Bhutan celebrated the coronation of its new monarch Thursday. The Oxford-educated, 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was put into the throne by his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who ruled the country for more than three decades.
From The Times of India:
The new king has pledged to maintain his father's unique philosophy of improving "Gross National Happiness," and not common economic indicators, to ensure well-being in the "Land of the Thunder Dragon."
The transition in the country's leadership might bring new changes to the country where people lived secluded lives from the outside world. Bhutan had no roads or currency until the 1960s and hadn't been connected to the Internet and TV until 1999.