About the Bhutan flag

The national flag of Bhutan consists of a white dragon over a yellow and orange background. The flag is divided diagonally from the lower hoist side corner, making two triangles. The upper triangle is yellow, and the lower triangle is orange. The dragon is centered along the dividing line, facing away from the hoist side.

This flag, with minor variations, has been in use since the 19th century. It reached its current form in 1960.

The dragon depicted on the flag, Druk (or Thunder Dragon), represents Bhutan's local Tibetan name, The Land of the Dragon. The dragon grasps jewels, representing wealth, in its claws. The yellow field symbolizes the secular monarchy, while the orange represents the Buddhist religion.

The flag is one of the few national flags to feature orange as a prominent color, and one of only two national flags to depict a dragon, the other being the flag of Wales. The flag of the Chinese Qing Dynasty also featured a dragon before its overthrow during the 1911 Xinhai Revolution.

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