To encourage stamp collecting and to broaden the stamp culture, Korea Post has designated a “philately week” every year and held the Korea Philatelic Exhibition during that week.
This year, the Korea Philatelic Exhibition will be held from July 29 to August 2 at A Hall A1 (ex-Pacific Hall), COEX, under the theme of “a cool, cultural world where stamps and letters meet.”
In the 2010 Korea Philatelic Exhibition, a variety of experiences and eye-entertaining events will be presented. There will be enjoyable events involving stamps such as visiting cultural relics through stamps, printing hand-stamps as Ahn Jung-geun, the patriot, did, figuring out large-scale stamp puzzles and “I can also be the main character of the stamp” (photo zone of My Own Stamp). Five hundred frames of excellent stamp exhibits will be displayed. The “Stamp Culture Promotion Room” will showcase stamps that have won awards in the International Postage Stamp Design Contests, stamps that focus on environmental protection, stamps featuring dinosaurs, and stamps on historical figures.
Also the “Korea Post Special Room” will introduce Korea Post’s footprints through stamps and posts, and will display how postman’s uniforms, postboxes and post office vans have changed through the years. The “Green Post Office” will introduce future-oriented postal systems such as e-green post, internet stamps, etc. The “Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation Room” will show the process of stamp printing. The “Stamp & Letter-Writing Culture Room” will allow visitors to directly experience writing letters and attaching stamps. This festival where every family member can experience stamps will be an unforgettable experience.
As the last installment of the “stamp in a stamp” series that have been issued since 2007, this year’s special stamp issued to commemorate the “Philately Week” features the “5000 Years of Korean Art” special stamps (featuring black and red statues of the Deva King (Vajradhara)), Korea’s first intaglio stamp. This special stamp will be a photochromic stamp that reacts to ultraviolet light: such items as “1980” ,“30” will change from a dyed color to the red color, when they are exposed to direct sunlight.
Title: Philately Week Special
Date of Issue: 29 July 2010
Denominations: 250 won x 2