Monday, August 31, 2009

Stamp - Thailand 2009

~ 2009 ~

~ Barbie 2009 - 5oth Annivesary ~

National Children's Day 2009 Commemorative Stamps Sheet

Major Literary Work of the Ratanakosin Era

Phra Abhai Manee is a major work by Phra Sunthorn or Sunthorn Phu, a renowned poet of the early Ratanakosin Period. It is a narrative poem, written in the Klon verse from of 24,500 lines. The main plot involves the life of the protagonist, Phra Abhai Manee, from the age of 15. Like the major male characters of other Thai literary works, Phra Abhai Manee has to leave home for an education. However, he choose to study how to play the flute and this enrages his father so much that he is banished from the city. That is where Phra Abhai Manee's advantures begins.

The hero, accompanied by his brother, Sri Suwan, has to go from one place to another until they meet the three Brahmins. Later, Phra Abhai Manee is abducted and confined in a cave by a Giantess. They have one sun, name Sin Smut. The father and son are helped to escape from the Giantess by a mermaid who takes them to the Koh Kaew Pitsadarn Island. Phra Abhai Manee and the mermaid have a son named Sud Sakhon. Later, Phra Abha Manee is helped by the King of the Crystal City and falls in love with her daugther, Nang Suvanna Malee, who is engaged to a foreigner from the Isle of Langka. This starts a conflict which develops in to a war between The City of Crystal Island and Langka that lasts for many years. The war can only end when Nang Laveng, the daugther of the King of Langka, falls in love with Phra Abhai Manee.

After the war, Phra Abkai Manee becomed tired of the uncertainly of humain life so he decides to becomed ordained, having two human wives - Nang Suvanna Malee and Nang Laveng, follow him in his ascetic life. The later part of Phra Abhai Manee is involved with the adventures of the later generations, having Sud Sakhon and Nang Saowakhon as its major characters.

The episodes related to the character, Sud Sakhon, are the most popular and are considered as the most valuable examples of children's literature. These episodes contain Phra Chao Ta (the Old Hermit) and Chee Pleuay (the Naked Maniac) to add more colour to the story.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 863
Issue Date : 2009-01-010
Size : 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal-measured from perforation to perforation)
Denomination : 3 Baht (8 Designs)
Sourvenir Sheet Value : 24 Baht
Serial Number : 288

150th Year Commemorative of Prince Bhanurangsi Commemorative Stamps
Founder of the Postal Service in Thailand

Field Marshal Somdet Phra Raja Pitula Boromphongsabhimuk Chaofa, Bhanurangsiswangwong Krom Phraya Bhanuphandhuwongworadej was a younger brother of the same mother of H.M. King Chulalongkorn. With the help of some his brothers, the Prince wrote news about the court and had it published in a daily newspaper under the Englist name, Court, and the Thai name, Khao Rajakarn. The newspaper came with the same bearing his picture and was delivered to members. He also had documents and letters affixed to the same kind of stamp delivered to the members. This practice was similar to the postal service in other countries. For this reason, the King had confidence in this brother and appointed him to the position of

Director with the responsibility of founding the Department of Posts on July 2nd, 1881. It was opened to the public on August 4th, 1883.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 864
Issue Date : 2009-01-011
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical-measured from perforation to perforation)
Denomination : 3 Baht (4 Designs) 
Sourvenir Sheet Value : 20 Baht 
Serial Number : 138

Rose 2009 Postage Stamps Sheet (Parfumed & Emboss)
White Roses - Purity, Friendship and Tranquility

Roses originated in Persia and they spread to Indea. Three is no evidence as to when roses were brought into Thailand. However, a record of the French Ambassador to the Court of King Narai the Great states that roses had been seen in Ayuthaya.

There are many versions of the legends about the birth of roses but all of them say the same thing--originally there were only white rose; then something happened and red roses appeared.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 865
Issue Date : 2009-02-06
Size : 31 x 31 mm. (Measured from perforation to perforation)
Denomination : 5 Baht
Stamps Sheet Value : 100 Baht (Block of 20)
Serial Number : 422

Thai Heritage Conservation Day 2009 Commemorative Stamps
The Charm of Stone Sanctuaries

The stone sanctuaries found in Thailand are architectural structures influenced by the Khmer art style. They are generally made of sand stone that is red or off-white in colour. These places once served as religious sanctuaries for Brahmin ceremonies performed to respect the gods and they also served as residences for monarchs.
Design 1 : Ta Muean Sanctuary, built of laterite, is believed to have been one of the seventeen residences of King Chaiya Vorammann VII. The place consists of a single Prang structure and there is a long gallery linking it with the frontal part.

Design 2 : Ta Muean Thom Sanctuary, is a building complex consisting of three Prang towers made of sandstone. The two Vihara buildings on the compound are made of laterite. This was a place for religious ceremonies. The principle Prang structure, which is the largest, was built to cover the natural stone which was carved into a Shiva Lingam.

Design 3 : Ta Muean Tot Sanctuary, originally serving as a medical clinic, is made of sandstone and laterite. It is square in shape and decorated with niche at the front.

Design 4 : Sadok kok Thom Sanctuary or Mueang Phrao Sanctury, made of sandstone and laterite, is decorated with exquisite motifs. Its interior plan was designed to portray the Universe, depicting the Sumeru Mount in the centre, surrounded by waters, to indicate that this is the most scared of places.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 868
Issue Date : 2009-04-02
Size : 48 x 30 mm. (Horizontal-measured from perforation to perforation)
Denomination : 3 Baht (4 Designs)
Souvenir Sheet Value : 20 Baht
Serial Number : 388

Hindu God Postage Stamps (Emboss)

Design 1: Ganesa, which is another name for Ganesha, means the "God who has power over obstacles". A son of Shiva and Uma, he has the face of an elephant and he was blessed by his father so as to have the power to dispel all obstacles. Offerings must be made to Ganesha before any other gods.

Design 2: Brahma, according to Brahmin Doctrine, is believed to be the Creator of all things on earth. The Musnapurana Legend states that he divided himself into two parts-one being a male figure, which was Brahma himself and the other in female form, named Sraswadee, whoe served as his consort. They helped each other in creating deities, humans, animals, demons and plants.

Design 3: Narayana, also known to the Thais as Phra Narai, is responsible for preserving things in their appropriate condition. His work is continual so as to create peace and harmony in the world. Narai has ten incarnated lives on earth.

Design 4: Siva, generally known as Phra Issuan to the Thais, has the duty of destroying all evil things on earth. This god has three eyes and a white complexion. According to traditional Thai belief, Shiva will pay an annual 10-day visit to the earth. This visit will start on the seventh nightof the waning moon in the first lunar month and end on the first night of the waning moon in the same month. During the visit, a Brahmin ceremony, known as the Tri Yumpawai, will be organized to welcome the God.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 870
Issue Date : 2009-04-06
Size : 30 x 48 mm (Vertical)
Denomination : 5 Baht (4 Designs)
Souvenir Sheet Value : 26 Baht
Serial Number : 188

Royal Headgear Postage Stamps
Design1 : The Gold Brocade Hat, a hat made of golden brocade, is cylinrical in shape with a broad brim. Its back is decorated with a traditional gold minor crown or the Phra Kiew Yod. The border of the hat has a floral garland attached. The Krajung ornament on the left rim is decorated with a gold feature with the Karawake bird's features attached. This kind of hat is for a king only.

Design 2 : The Felt Hat is a hat made of suede of various colour according to the day the colour represents. It is cylindrical in shape with a broad brim, the left side of which is rolled up. The back is decorated with a traditional gold minor crown or Phra Kiew Yod. The border of the hat has a floral garland attached. The Krajung ornament on the left rim is decorated with a gold feature with the Karawake bird's features attached. The hat is adorned with precious gems according to the rank of the wearer. For instance, a red-coloured gem is for a king and yellow for members of the royal family of Somdetch Chao Fah (His Royal Highness) rank.

Design 3 : The Helmet for Battle was created by the royal order of King Buddha Yodfah Chukalok. It is made in imitation of the hat worn by King Naruesuan during his combat on the elephant back with Phra Maha Uparaja. The hat was lost after the Fall of Ayuthaya. This new hat is made of woven bamboo strips in the shape of a winter melon cut in a straight direction. Its brim is attached with a surrounding flap and its inside and outside painted with glossy black lacquer. The crown has a strong lining. The outside is made of strong materials to protect the wearer from arms. There is a space between the lining and the outside part of the crown for ventilation. The rim is decorated with one Buddha figurine in the attitude of Forgiving. Later, twenty-one Buddha figurines in the attitude of Meditation, which were presented to King Vajiravudh, were placed around the hat's rim.

Design 4 : The Grand Diamond Hat is a hat made of black suede in the shape of a citrus fruit cut in a straight direction, with the brim rolled up into a scroll. It is decorated with diamonds in the style of a tiara. The top is decorated with round diamonds, flanked on both sides with diamonds in an arabesque design and below the tiara is a diamond decoration in a floral motif.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 799
Issue Date : 2009-06-02
Size : 31 x 31 mm (Vertical)
Denomination : 5 Baht (4 Designs)
Souvenir Sheet Value : 25 Baht
Serial Number : 188

Orchids Postage Stamps
Orchids of Great Beauty and Royal Names

1. Cattleya Queen Sirikit is an Orchid from Bangkok & Flory Ltd. Co., of the United Kingdom and was registered under the name of "Exquisite" and won an Award of Merit from the U.K. Royal Horticultural Society. The Company was granted a royal permission to name this beautiful orchid after Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

Flowers: single white flower or clusters of 1-4 flowers per stem with oval triangular shape sepals and 5 petals being fringed on the edges. In the middle of each inner petal is a golden patch. This orchid produces flowers all year round and has a slight fragrant.

2. Paphiopedilum Princess Sangwan was produced by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation's Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai. 6 cm long, single flowered inflorescence on 10 cm peduncle, white with maroon streaks or dark marron.

3. Sirindhornia pulchella is a terrestrial orchid, with a pink to whitish pink color, greenish-pink broadly orbicular wings, lip sparse with red and reddish-pink colour, apical part expands to 3 shallow lobes, 10-11 mm, large spur funnel form and slightly curved pollinia.

4. Phalaenopsis Princess Chulabhorn is a new species of orchid named after H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn, Thailand's foremost sceintist Princess, following a request from the government of Sri Lanka.

5. Dendrobium 'Pink Nagarindra' is the name bestowed upon this species of orchid by H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana, Krom Luang Narathiwas Ratchanagarindra. It is a hybrid orchid of Dendrobium Blushing and Dendrobium "Arica", produced by Mr. Suang Khumwichian (Air Orchids Company). This orchid has a semi-circular flowers of old-rose color, reddish-pink lips, and pale silver specks on the petals that glisten in the light. During winter the entire flowers will turn deep old-rose in color.

6. Ascocendo Sukontharat is the name of this orchid,bestowed by H.R.H. the crown Prince, to be named after Phra Chao Worawong Ther Phra Ong Chao Srirat, the Princess Consort. The word "Sukontharat" means tantalizing fragrance.

Flowers: orange-yellow petal tips, all day long mild fragrant that gets stronger in the morning, flower throughout the year.

7. Dendrobium 'Soamsawali' is the name that Phra Chao Worawong Ther Phra Ong Chao Soamsawali granted on this orchid, has a hanging pale lavender colored inflorescences have faint white streaks on the petals and white peduncle. The lavender colored flowes are generally darker when they start to bloom but will become lighter when in full bloom.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 871
Issue Date : 2009-06-05
Size : 48 x 30 mm (Vertical)
Denomination : 3 Baht (7 Designs)
Souvenir Sheet Value : 30 Baht
Serial Number : 388

Thai Traditional Festival Postage Stamps - Candle Processing Festival
Dharma Candle Sculptures
Just before Khao Phansa (Buddhist Lent) Day, which falls on the 15th day of the waxing moon in the 8th lunar month, Buddhists all over Thailand usually hold a candle procession to offer wax candles to the monks. In Ubon Ratchaburi, an elaborate Candle Festival is held in July every year. Highlights of this Festival are a variety of wax candle sculpture contests, float contests, and a beauty contest. A large number of Thai and foreign tourists visit Ubon Ratchathani during this period to admire and appreciate these magnificent carved candles.

Ubon Ratchathani is home to a large number of master craftman in the art of wax candle carving and wwax adornment molding who can ecpertly apply ancient candle carving and local wisdom to the crafting of present-day exquisite Buddhist Lent Candles. This Festival reflects the Thai people's devout adherence to Buddhism, a religion that spans a period or over 2,500 years.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 872
Issue Date : 2009-07-06
Size : 30 x 48 mm. (Vertical-measured from perforation to perforation)
Denomination : 3 Baht (4 Designs)
Souvenir Sheet Value : 20 Baht
Serial Number : 288


Bringing Hun Lakorn Lek to Life
(World Premier First 3D Motion Stamp of Thailand)

(Own Picture) - A

(Artwork Picture)

(Own Picture) - B

(Own Picture) - C

Thailand Philatelic Exhibition 2009 Commemorative Stamp - Thai Puppet Shows

Bringing Hun Lakorn Lek to Life (World Premier First 3D Motion Stamp of Thailand) 

Hun Lakorn Lek, a type of traditional Thai puppetry, was developed by Kru Krae Sapthawanich on the model of the Ramayana Thai puppets originated in the court of Krom Phra Ratchawang been transmitted to the present day through the dedicated work of Kru Sakorn Youngkhiewsod, also known as "Joe Louis", and members of his family. The first public performance of Hun Lakorn Lek was given at Joe Louis Theater in 1985. H.R.H. Princess Galayani Vadhana later renamed this theater to the "Nattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek" Theater.

The major driving force behiknd the amazingly life-like performance of Hun Lakorn Lek puppetry is the puppet artists themselves who, through their expert Khon performance skills, bring these puppets to live. Three puppet artists are required to manipulate each ppuppet. To give a faultless performance all there artists must be able to fuse their throughs and mind together and perform as one person.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 874
Issue Date : 2009-08-04
Size : 54 x 37 mm. (Horizontal-measured from perforation to perforation))
Denomination : 25 Baht (3 Designs)
Stamps Value : A ~ 50 Baht (Sourvenir Sheet), B ~ 100 Baht (Block of 4), C ~ 100 Baht (Block of 4)
Serial Number : 118 ~ A (Sourvenir Sheet), 338 ~ B and C (Block of 4)

Guan Yin Postage Stamp (观音)
Design : Illustrating Bodhisattva Guan Yin, Goddess od Mercy, in the Posture of Giving Blessing (Standing). According to Guan Yin book, Guan Yin Goddess has a beautiful oval-shaped face figure, Complexion is fairer than the ivory-white, elegant hair is as black as dark clioud of the night, eyes are more graceful than crystal eyes, right hand holds a vast containing divine mercy holy water while left hand holds willow twig, and dress is shiny white.

Country : Thailand
Catelogue Code : 889
Issue Date : 2009-09-09
Size : 33 x 72 mm. (Vertical-measured from perforation to perforation)
Denomination : 9 Baht
Souvenir Sheet Value : 15 Baht
Serial Number : 080

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