Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

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Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
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3rd King of Bhutan
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Reign 30 March 1952 – 21 July 1972
Coronation 27 October 1952 [1]
Predecessor Jigme Wangchuck
Successor Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Spouse Ashi Kesang Choden
Issue Sonam Choden Wangchuck
Dechan Wangmo Wangchuck
Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Pema Lhaden Wangchuck
Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck
House Wangchuck Dynasty
Father Jigme Wangchuck
Mother Phuntsho Choden
Born (1929-05-02)2 May 1929
Thruepang Palace, Trongsa
Died 21 July 1972(1972-07-21) (aged 43),m/o'i[iy'
Nairobi, Kenya
Burial Bhutan (Tsirang)

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck ( Wylie: 'jigs med rdo rje dbang phyug; 2 May 1929 – 21 July 1972) was the Third Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan.

He began to open Bhutan to the outside world, began modernization, and took the first steps toward democratization. Upon succeeding his father, Jigme Wangchuck, on 27 October 1952, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck put an end to feudalism and slavery and released all remaining serfs. He encouraged certain modern inventions to assist the local peasantry and introduced wheeled vehicles, previously the transportation of crops and people were done manually. He established a High Court and reorganized the judicial system. In 1953, he established the Tshogdu or National Assembly – Bhutan's first unicameral Parliament.

During his reign Bhutan's first planned economic development plan was drafted. In 1961, a five-year economic development plan was launched for the years 1961–1966. Bhutan is still following this economic development plan. He created Bhutan's first Council of Ministers in 1968. In 1963, Bhutan joined the Colombo Plan. During his 20-year reign, 1770 km of roads were constructed, the number of schools rose to 102 and 6 hospitals were established. In 1971, he set up a Planning Commission.

Neighboring Tibet's union with the People's Republic of China in 1951 encouraged the king to foster stronger ties with foreign nations, especially India, and culminated with Bhutan joining the United Nations in 1971. He empowered the National Assembly to remove him or any of his successors with a two-thirds majority.

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck suffered his first heart attack at the age of twenty. He made frequent visits overseas for medical treatment, dying in Nairobi, Kenya, while receiving medical treatment in 1972.

Family life[edit]

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck married Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck. Their son, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, succeeded him as King of Bhutan.[2] Jigme Dorji Wangchuck has four daughters, the eldest being Sonam Choden Wangchuck,[2] who has two children, Dasho Mila and Ashi Maytho. The King's second-eldest daughter,Dechen Wangmo Wangchuck,[2] has two children, Dasho Zillnon Dorji and Ashi Mendharawa Dorji. The King's third daughter is Pem Pem,[2] who has one daughter named Ashi Kesang Choden.The King's youngest daughter is Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck,[2] who has four children, Dasho Jigme Namgyel Dorji, Ashi Tenzin Wangmo, Dasho Singye Palden Yonten and Dasho Ugen Norbu Yonten.


  • 1929–1944: Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • 1944–1946: Trongsa Dronyar Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • 1946–1952: Paro Penlop Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
  • 1952–1963: Sri Panch Maharaj Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Maharaja of Bhutan
  • 1963–1972: His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Mang-pos Bhur-ba'i rgyalpo, King of Bhutan[2]


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Royal Ark
  2. ^ a b c d e f "BHUTAN. The Wangchuk Dynasty – GENEALOGY". The Royal Ark online. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 

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Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Born: 2 May 1928 Died: 21 July 1972
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Jigme Wangchuck
King of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Jigme Singye Wangchuck