Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji
Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji and the king Jigme Singye Wangchuck (her grandson)
Gangtok, Sikkim India
Died (aged 97)
Spouse(s)Gonzim Sonam Topgay Dorji
(m. 1918–1953; his death)
Parent(s)Chogyal Thutob Namgyal (father)
Yeshay Dolma (mother)

Rani Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji was the mother of Queen Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choden of Bhutan.[1] She was Choying Wangmo Dorji by her marriage.[citation needed] She is best known for designing the Flag of Bhutan. She died in 1994.[citation needed]


Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji designed the flag at her daughter's request: Bhutan had been invited to attend the first Asian conference in New Delhi on March 23, 1947, and a flag representing Bhutan was necessitated for the occasion. Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji and Bhutan's late prime minister, Lyonchen Jigme Palden Dorji (her son), represented Bhutan at the conference.[2]

Mayeum Choying Wangmo Dorji chose the Dragon as the symbol of the Kingdom of Druk (Bhutan is sometimes referred to as the Kingdom of the Dragon) and the colours yellow and orange for the colours of the flag as the colours of Buddhist religion.[2]

She was deeply religious and would donate large amounts of money to build temples and monasteries.[3]

She was educated privately and her wedding took place at Bhutan House, Kalimpong, on 5 April 1918.




  1. ^ Genealogy
  2. ^ a b "Bhutans national flag". Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Mayum Chonying Wangmo Dorji (obituary)" (PDF). Retrieved 30 August 2019 – via