Ugyen Wangchuck's deeds
In the first years as sovereign, the king consolidated the monarchy. With regard to foreign politics, he entered into closer relations with the British in India. The old peace treaty of 1865 was formulated anew. Amongst other changes, it was agreed upon to double the annual British payments to Bhutan.
In the course of two trips to India, Ugyen Wangchuck recognised the relevance of an educational system which would transcend existing traditions and open a wider world view. In his consistent way, the king started the first schools in the country.
In his later years Ugyen Wangchuck dedicated himself more and more to religion. He supported religious studies, commissioned holy scriptures to be edited and withdrew more and more into meditation.
In 1926, Bhutan's first king died at the age of 64. According to his wish, he was cremated at the Kurje Lhakang Temple.
As founder of the monarchy Ugyen Wangchuck holds a place in Bhutan's history equal to that of the Shabdrung*.