Ambassador Pema Choden opened the first-ever Exhibition on Bhutan on 29th November 2017 at the Flag Museum in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Zoltan Valcsicsak, President of Hungary-Bhutan Friendship Society in collaboration with Mr. Laszlo Balogh, curator of the Flag Museum, organized the exhibition.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Pema Choden thanked the President and members of the Hungary-Bhutan Friendship Society for organizing and helping promote Bhutan in Hungary through the exhibition. She said that Bhutan was home to a unique culture, tradition, arts and crafts which were shaped and evolved through centuries of isolation from the rest of the world. She expressed her hope that the exhibition would generate a deeper understanding of Bhutan in Hungary and promote closer ties between the peoples of Bhutan and Hungary.
Ambassador Mr. Ferenc Jari, Director, Department of the Asia-Pacific from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary who attended the exhibition welcomed the exhibition on Bhutan. He said the people of Hungary were fascinated by Bhutan and its development philosophy of Gross National Happiness and express the desire of the people of Hungary to forge closer ties with Bhutan. The other speaker at the event, Ms. Csillik Dilara, President of the Hungary-Asia Society highlighted the influence Asia had on Hungary and the rest of the world and also spoke about Bhutan. Two Hungarian students entertained the gathering with a lively performance of Bhutanese dances.
The exhibition was well attended by representatives from the diplomatic community, local officials, journalists, friends of Bhutan in Hungary and Bhutanese residents in Budapest. The exhibition will run for two months. The Hungarian-Bhutan Friendship Society was established in September 2011and since then the Society has carried out several projects to promote friendship between the two countries.