Tuesday, May 08, 2012

50 Aniversario de Relaciones Diplomáticas México-Corea, Emisión Conjunta Ballena Gris - January 26, 2012

The year 2012 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Mexico. During the epoch of immigration to Mexico by Korean people, which started in 1905 and has passed the century mark and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries which has passed half a century, the two countries have consolidated solid cooperative relations through active exchanges in various areas such as the economy, culture, education, etc. To commemorate this meaningful 50th anniversary, Korea Post and its Mexican counterpart are issuing a joint stamp featuring "the gray whale."

Unlike other whales, only two different populations of the gray whale, which are on the brink of extinction across the world, were reported: the West Pacific population that migrates between the Sea of Okhotsk and Korea’s East Sea and the East Pacific population that journey between Alaska and Mexico. The West Pacific gray whale was first reported to the academic circle in 1912 by Loy Andrew, the American explorer, under the name of “Korean gray whale.” Due to overhunting, they are now endangered, and currently it is reported that only 130 of the species are living in the sea of Okhotsk, Russia. The East Pacific gray whale, that mate and give birth in Baja California, Mexico, was once also endangered due to reckless hunting. Currently, however, thanks to the steadfast protection policy, there are 20,000 of them roaming the waters.

The stamp features a young gray whale and its adult version. The stamp featuring the young gray whale shows the gray whale’s own, inherent skin pattern without any barnacles or whale lice attached to the skin. The stamp featuring the adult gray whale, on the other hand, vividly shows both the adult gray whale’s unique characteristic covered with traces of barnacles once attached but now gone, as well as the gray whale’s own unique outer appearance of its thick lower jaw.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Korea and CIS - March 12, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gwamegi (과메기), Korean half-dried pacific herring or pacific saury made during winter.

Monday, January 09, 2012

KOREA, Tapgol Park

Monday, December 19, 2011

CHINA, China 2011 - 27th Asian International Stamp Exhibition - November 11, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

KOREA, 2011 Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana - September 23, 2011

A thousand years ago, work commenced on Korea’s first woodcut Tripitaka, the “Chojo Daejanggyeong” or "the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana.” Tripitaka (Daejanggyeong) is the collection of “Gyeongjang (Sutra Pitaka),” the compilation of Buddha’s utterances, “Yuljang (Vinaya Pitaka),” the record of Buddhist precepts and “Nonjang (Abhidhamma Pitaka),” the translation of what Buddha said. It was during the Goguryeo era in the 4th century that Buddhism was first introduced to Korea. It steadily developed over the eras of Baekje and Silla to reach its heyday during the Goryeo era. With the background of this Buddhist culture and in the face of the frequent invasions by the Khitan, Goryeo’s excellent scientific technologies, the art of printing and economic power were combined to create "Tripitaka Koreana," which embodies Goryeo people’s desire to overcome those invasions through the mercy of Buddha.

Work on the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana began in the 2nd year of King Hyeonjong’s reign (the year 1011) during the Goryeo dynasty and its first engraving on woodblocks was accomplished in the 4th year of King Seonjong’s reign (the year 1029). The engraving resumed in 1046 and was completed in 1087. Based on the Gaebopan Tripitaka (the year 971) during the Northern Song dynasty, the world’s first woodcut Tripitaka, as well as referencing a selection of other Tripitakas in circulation during those days, the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana was created as Goryeo’s own unique Tripitaka. The superb cultural and academic foundations of those times resulted in the great feat of manufacturing “Gyojang,” the collection of Scriptures and Commentaries on the Tripitaka – the only one in the world. Currently, about 3,000 fascicles of the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana exist, holding a high bibliographical value. As the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana, stored at the Buin Temple in Palgong Mountain located in Daegu, was destroyed by fire in 1232 when Mongols invaded Korea, Jaejo Daejanggyeong (the Second-edition Tripitaka Koreana) was created from the 23th year (the year 1236) to the 38th year (the year 1251) of the reign of King Gojong of the Goryeo dynasty, which finally completed the 240-year-long, mammoth project of Tripitaka Koreana. This Second-edition Tripitaka Koreana, more commonly called Palman Daejanggyeong, was designated, along with its Depositories (Janggyeong Panjeon), as a UNESCO Memory of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage, respectively, in recognition of its cultural excellence.

In celebration of the millennial anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana, various events are being held this year including international workshops. In addition, a new step leading to the next millennium is being undertaken through the database work on the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana. Celebrating the Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana, one of our proud cultural heritages, a commemorative stamp is issued that features “the 15th volume of Yugasajiron (Yogacaryabhumi sutra)” and “Eojebijangjeon" engraving -- the printed papers of the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

JAPAN, Gundam using Personalized stamp - March 25, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

KOREA, IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 - August 26, 2011

The IAAF World Championships, where competitors from all over the world will achieve incredible athletic feats, will be held for 9 days from August 27 to September 4 2011, in Daegu.

The event was created by IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation), and the IAAF World Championships was first held in Helsinki, Finland in 1983. Since its 3rd competition, it has been held every other year — on odd number years. The slogan of this year’s 13th competition is “Sprint Together for Tomorrow.” At this year’s competition, a total of approximately 6,000 athletes and officials from 212 countries around the world are expected to participate and display the skills they have polished through grueling training in a total of 47 events such as the long jump, the high jump, the javelin throw, the shot put, race walking, and the marathon, as well as the iconic track events such as the 100m, 400m, 1500m and the hurdles.

Daegu, the host city for this competition, is the city of textile, fashion and apple, with dense forests and a clean river winding through the city. Also serving as the host city for the 2013 World Energy Congress, Daegu is being reborn as an environment and alternative energy city, after being recently designated as “solar city-Daegu” by the IEA (International Energy Agency).

In celebration of the 2011 IAAF World Championships, two stamps are issued, each stamp featuring the sprint and the pole vault as ink-and-wash painting utilizing croquis sketching. It is hoped that this year’s competition will be a great success where people, through track and field events – the elite of sports – will thrill to record-shattering competition among world renowned athletes and be imbued with a profound spirit and true sportsmanship.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

KOREA, The Age of Dinosaurs (2nd) - August 11, 2011

As the second installment of the “Age of Dinosaurs Series,” Jurassic dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era are introduced.

Jurassic Period of the Mesozoic Era, which spanned about 50 million years from about 199.6 million years ago to 145.5 million years ago, refers to the period that followed the Triassic Period. In this period, giant reptiles such as dinosaurs thrived on the land, and ammonites, in the sea. In the latter part of the Jurassic Period, birds appeared for the first time, with gymnosperms like cycads and Ginkgo thriving.

As an herbivorous dinosaur, it had a rather small head and small body, being 250 kg in weight and about 4m in height. It walked on four legs. With its hind legs being longer than the front legs, it is thought to have run with its hind legs and to have walked with its hind legs to reach and feed on the leaves of tall trees. Its most prominent body feature is the oval-shaped dermal scutes on both its back and tail. It was discovered both in the U.K. and U.S.A.

As an herbivorous dinosaur during the Late Jurassic Period spikes on its tails. Compared to its large body, its head was relatively very small, with its long hind legs and short, crooked front legs making its back crook forward. With its large body, it moved very sluggishly. It is 9 m in height and 2 tons in weight. It was discovered in the western part of the U.S.A.

As a carnivorous dinosaur flourishing in the latter part of the Jurassic Period, it is known to be the fiercest predator in the North American continent. Its feature is the crests just in front of its eyes. It also had a sturdy jaw and teeth made for killing herbivorous or other carnivorous dinosaurs, as well as the hand that had sharp claws. It was 3.6 tons in weight and 14m in height. And it was discovered in the western part of the U.S., Portugal and Australia.

As a carnivorous dinosaur during the Early Jurassic Period, it had two crests split in the shape of a V on top of its head. Its razor-sharp teeth, long and strong legs, and long claws were perfect for hunting. Its first toe on its hand was shaped in the way to hold a prey, functioning like a thumb. It was 330~450 kg in weight, and 6~7 m in height. It was first reported in the U.S., with the possibility of having been discovered in the southern part of China being raised.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ESTONIA, EUROPA - forests - April 28, 2011

Estonia is extremely rich in forests – nearly half the territory of the country is covered with forests. Estonian forests belong to the mixed forests zone and the most widespread forest type is where evergreen conifers dominate, but there are also deciduous forests. Dozens of domestic species of trees and shrubs grow in the forests, the most common tree being the pine, followed by the birch and the spruce. The biggest forests in the country lie in the north eastern and central parts of Estonia. There are primeval virgin forests, sustainably managed forests as well as specially developed holiday forests. Estonia’s rich forests are home to numerous animals – it is quite common to meet rabbits, foxes or roe deer, and the biggest animal is the elk. The forests are home also for a number of species on the verge of extinction, such as the European mink, the dormouse and the flying squirrel. The forestry sector is an important pillar of the economy, timber being the most important renewable natural resource and wood processing a considerable source of livelihood. Today forests are called the green gold, but in olden days forests were considered a sacred place and the people worshipped sylvan spirits.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

KOREA, Hoeryong Stamp Exhibition 2005 - October 4, 2005

Friday, May 06, 2011

KOREA, Stamp Exhibition for Centenary of Gwanghwamun Post Office - September 7, 2005

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

TAIWAN, Fishes of Taiwan Postage Stamps (I) - March 10, 2011

The native freshwater fish of Taiwan’s rivers, lakes, and estuaries comprise the most diverse group of vertebrates within the island’s terrestrial ecosystem. Chunghwa Post has planned a series of postage stamps to introduce the beauty of Taiwan’s freshwater fishes. The first set of the series features Taiwan endemic fishes: Candidia barbatus, Opsariichthys pachycephalus, Spinibarbus hollandi, and Squalidus banarescui.

Monday, April 04, 2011

GERMANY, The 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt - February 3, 2011

The German Post has issued a stamp celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Liszt became renowned throughout Europe during the 19th century for his great skill as a performer. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time. He was also an important and influential composer, a notable piano teacher, a conductor who contributed significantly to the modern development of the art, and a benefactor to other composers and performers, notably Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-Saens, Edvard Grieg and Alexander Borodin.

As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School"). He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work, in which he influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and trends. Some of his most notable contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form and making radical departures in harmony.

Monday, March 28, 2011

KOREA, The Neolithic sites at Amsa-dong, Seoul

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

KOREA, Hong Young-sik and the Postal Services Bureau

Monday, February 21, 2011

KOREA, Mt. Seorak

Covering Sokcho city, Yangyang county, Goseong county and Inje county in Gangwon Province, Mt. Seoraksan covers an area of 398.539§´. It is also Korea's third highest mountain after Halla Mountain (1,950m) and Jiri Mountain (1,915m). As indicated by its name, Mt. Seoraksan is a mountain that symbolizes snow during the winter season, being the first mountain in Korea to be covered in snow and keeping the snow the longest into spring. Serving as habitat to a wide diversity of living species including endangered or rare flora and fauna, it was designated as a Natural Preserve Area by the Korean government and in 1982, as a "biosphere reserve" by UNESCO.

TAIWAN, Fireworks Display - January 1, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

KOREA, Santa Post Office with Love - December 13, 2010

Monday, January 10, 2011

Portugal 2010 World Stamp Exhibition - October 1, 2010