Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is currently at the end of a four-day (May 14 to 17) official visit to one of the happiest countries in the world — Bhutan.

Bhutan is a small state located within the Himalayan mountain range. Here’s where it is:

Source: Google Maps

Apart from being very happy, the country is also known for its very photogenic royal family:

Source: Jetsun Pema’s Facebook page
Source: Jetsun Pema’s Facebook page
Source: Yellow

Apart from the country’s royal family, Bhutan also boasts some breathtaking sights.

Here are some photos posted by Minister Vivian on his visit over the past days, that will make you want to put Bhutan on your travel bucket list:

The Bhutan National Library and Archives

This is one beautiful library, from the outside at least.

Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page

Tashichhodzong

This is where Bhutan’s government is housed.

Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page

Paro Taktsang

Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple located on a cliffside in upper Paro valley. It was built in 1692.

Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page

Other sights and scenic views

Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page
Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page
Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page
Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page
Source: Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page

Now before we forget, he *was* actually there to work too — on his trip, Vivian met with Bhutan’s leaders to discuss ways to expand our bilateral cooperation.

But still, it’s so pretty.


Top image from Vivian Balakrishnan’s Facebook page.

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