Jigme Singye Wangchuck Birthday & Fun Facts

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Aashita Dhingra
Jan 31, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Jun 18, 2022
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Jigme Singye Wangchuck is the former King of Bhutan. Keep reading this article to learn more about him.
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About Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Jigme Singye Wangchuck is Bhutan's former King.

He was born on November 11, 1955, in Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan.

His father elected him as a Chairman of the National Planning Commission in 1971, with the responsibility for the five-year development plan, planning, and coordination. On June 16, 1972, he was named Trongsa Penlop, with the saffron scarf or nary being bestowed to him directly. When he was only 16 years old his father died, at that time the third five-year plan was in full bloom, covering the years 1971-77. 

Through the third five-year plan from 1972-1976 and the fourth five-year plan from 1976-1982, he oversaw the planned activities first in broad terms and then progressively in detail as both, the King and the Chairman of the National Planning commission. 

On October 31, 1988, a public ceremony for his Royal Wedding took place in Dechog Lhakhang in Punakha Dzong. His four wives are the daughters of Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji, who is a descendent of Ngawang Namgyal and Yum Thuiji.

He established the Tradhugang and Tsirang's intensive Valley Development Project in 1972, shortly after becoming the King. His initiative Intensive Valley Project focused on providing food sufficiency and generating money for rural communities.

The Royal Institute of Health Sciences was founded by King Jigme in 1976. In 1986, the first batch of Health Assistants and Basic Health Workers was completed. By 1974, he established 56 health centers.

In 1978 he came to Delhi to join a discussion that was focused on establishing air ties with India to enhance trade and business. The meeting was successful and in 1983, a Donier flight was launched between Paro and Kolkata. 

Jigme Singye Wangchuck's Net Worth, Earning and Spending Habits

What is Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s net worth?

The net worth of Jigme Singye Wangchuck is estimated to be 1.5 million, based on his position as a Sovereign.

How much does Jigme Singye Wangchuck earn per year?

His actual annual earnings are uncertain, although based on his reign period that started on July 24, 1972, to December 6, 2006, we can assume that he earns a decent income.

Age and Physical Attributes

How old is Jigme Singye Wangchuck?

Jigme Singye Wangchuck was born on July 24, 1972, and is 66-years-old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Jigme Singye was born on 11 November 1955 in Dechen Choling Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan, in the royal family of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, his father, and Kesang Choden, his mother.

Sikkim's Indian political officer and representative of the Sikkimese government came to their house to pay their respects to the royal parents of the newborn prince. The young crown prince got his first offerings of good wishes from the public, monks, and respected authorities in Tashichho Dzong in 1959 when he was four years old.

From numerous institutions, he acquired western and traditional learning. When he was only six years old, he started learning at Dechencholing Palace. Then he moved to India for studying at St. Joseph's School in Darjeeling.

He got into England's Heatherdown School in 1964 and till 1969 he completed his education. In 1969 he began doing formal study at Namselling Palace. At last, he enrolled in the ’70s founded Ugyen Wangchuck Academy at Satsham Choten in Paroto to complete his formal education. During his studies, he became a part of a class where only the selected scholars from all around Bhutan get a chance to study.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s partner?

His first consort was Dorji Wangmo, the second was Tshering Pem, the third was Tshering Yangdon and the fourth was Sangay Choden.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Jigme Singye Wangchuck established diplomatic links with Bangladesh in 1973, Kuwait in 1983, Nepal in 1983, The Maldives in 1984, Denmark in 1985, Norway in 1985; Sweden in 1985; Switzerland in 1985; the Netherlands in 1985; Japan in 1986; Finland in 1986; South Korea in 1987; Sri Lanka in 1987; Austria in 1989; Thailand in 1991; Bahrain in 1992; Singapore in 2002; Australia in 2002; and Canada in 2003.

In the early '70s, he launched a new effort in higher altitude areas to distribute potatoes as cash crops. The effort was first tested in the royal pastureland of Long Toed and Longmead.

When he began his reign in 1972, there were probably only approximately 2,000 monks in the state-supported monasteries. The number of monks subsisting on state stipends had risen to a little over 6,000 by 2006. During Wangchuck's reign, the monastic infrastructure expanded, including tutors, lamas, temples, meditation centers, and Buddhist colleges. Tsirang, Gaylegphug, Tashi Yangtse, Samtse, Pema Gatshel, Chukha, Bumthang, and Zhemgang were among the several new official dratshangs established in district headquarters that previously lacked a monastic organization.

Honors received by Jigme Singye Wangchuck

He received the Grand Master of the Royal Order of Bhutan on July 24, 1972, and the Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon On September 29, 1985. In June 1972 he received The Royal Saffron Scarf and on November 6, 2008, he received the King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal.

Other Interesting Jigme Singye Wangchuck Facts And Trivia

  • During Wangchuck's reign of 34 years, the ten traditional cultural sciences were given top importance. Both the intangible and tangible features of Bhutanese culture were important to Wangchuck.
  • Wangchuck improved the conservation of natural resources including forests and wildlife.
  • In 1971 Jigme Singye Wangchuck advanced zo rigpa by establishing the Kawajangsa Institution of Zorig, currently known as the National Institute for Zorig Chusum.
  • Wangchuck fostered friendships with foreign countries, expanded Bhutan-international ties, and broadened Bhutan's development assistance.

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Former king of Bhutan

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Tshering Pem, Ashi Dori Wangmo Wangchuck, Sangay Choden, Tshering Yangdon


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