The flag of Bhutan is rectangular in shape and features a diagonal divided design. The upper half of the flag is yellow, symbolizing the secular power and authority of the king, while the lower half is orange, symbolizing the spiritual power and authority of Buddhism.
In the center of the flag, there is a large white dragon with outstretched claws, which represents the name of the country’s traditional name “Druk Yul,” which means “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” The dragon is also a symbol of Bhutanese mythology and represents the country’s official religion, Mahayana Buddhism.
The current design of the Bhutanese flag was adopted in 1969 after the country became a constitutional monarchy. The flag replaced the previous design, which featured a dragon in a circle with a background of two crossed vajras.