Bhutan. According to
countryaah, one of Bhutan's famous temples, Wangdue Phodrang
from 1639, burned to the ground in June for unknown reasons.
The fire brigade and private individuals managed to save
most of the valuables in the temple, and Prime Minister
Jigme Thinley promised that the temple would be rebuilt.
Wangdue Phodrang, located in eastern Bhutan, was built at a
height of 1,350 meters where two rivers meet. The location
of the temple, high up on a mountain ridge, made it
difficult to extinguish the fire despite its proximity to
In June, the UN General Assembly decided that March 20
every year should be celebrated as "the day of joy". Bhutan
had run a campaign to institute the Happy Day. It was the
country's former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who in the
1970s introduced the concept of "gross national happiness"
because he believed that development should not only be
measured in the traditional economic measures that are
reflected in the gross domestic product (GDP) but that
mental welfare must also be taken into account.