21 February, Samdrup Jongkhar: His Majesty The King graced the inauguration of the fifth Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition (RBFE) at Tendrelthang. The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey along with the Royal Family members also graced the event. The Prime Minister, the Ambassador of India to Bhutan and the invitees were also present.
The exhibition with a theme, ‘Building clean, safe, organised and beautiful living environments for general well-being and happiness’ is dedicated to the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty. It aims to promote floriculture and educate the public on the impact of creating clean, safe, organised and beautiful urban spaces.
According to a spokesperson, Samdrup Jongkhar was chosen as the 5th RBFE venue considering the historic and geographic importance of the border town which serve as one of the gateways to the country.
Six gardens using vibrant seasonal flowers and innovative displays by government, armed forces and private nurseries have been set up at Tendrelthang, the main venue covering an area of 1.6 acres. Besides the gardens, it also includes sale stalls for food, souvenirs, traditional medicine, pottery and bamboo products among others. The exhibition have also developed permanent features in and around to beautify the town. The local residents and shopkeepers were encouraged to beautify their own surroundings with the display of additional flowers/plants and innovative aesthetic efforts.
As a part of the exhibition, 1710 saplings of plants and flowers that thrive in the southern climates including the Queen of Bhutan Rose, begonia, poinsettia and bauhunia among others were also planted around the town. His Majesty granted the saplings as soelra to the Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde.
In addition, to celebrate His Majesty’s Birthday, about 40 taxis offered free taxi services yesterday between Dewathang and Samdrup Jongkhar for the exhibition visitors. They also provided their free services within the town areas.
Over 4400 visitors including Bhutanese and foreigners visited the exhibition yesterday which will remain open until February 27.
Sonam Zangmo, one of the visitors from Deothang shared that the exhibition is a beautiful opportunity for nature lovers like her. With the exhibition in full swing, business community are also hopeful for good business.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde jointly organised the exhibition with support from the relevant stakeholders.
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