Saturday, May 22, 2010

South Korea, from Joony

The 50th Anniversary of Korea-Malaysia Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Stamps

Many Thanks to Joony
  • Title: The 50th Anniversary of Korea-Malaysia Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Stamps
  • Stamp No: 2721 ~ 2722
  • Country: Korea (Korea & Malaysia Joint Issue)
  • Date of Issue: 23rd February 2010
  • Size of Stamp: 30mm×50mm
  • Size of MS: 150mm (W) × 127mm (H)
  • Sheet Composition: 4 × 4 + 2 (two stamps setenant, 150mm×240mm) 
  • Design: Siberian Tiger, Malayan Tiger
  • Designer: Sojeong KIM (Korea), Reign Associates Sdn. Bhd (Malaysia) 
  • Face Value: 250won
*** Discovery: SWAP 
The year 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Malaysia.
Over the past half a century, the two countries have promoted their friendship, cooperating in various areas such as the economic, social, cultural and human exchange fields. In celebration and commemoration of this 50th anniversary, Korea Post and its Malaysian counterpart, Pos Malaysia Bhd are issuing, through joint works undertaken over one year, a joint stamp featuring tigers of the two countries.
Being endangered throughout the world, tigers vary slightly in their size, color of fur and shapes of stripes, depending on their subspecies. The Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), shown in the stamp as roaming the snow-covered forest of pine trees, is also known as the Korean tiger, Amur tiger or Manchuria tiger. Having adapted to the cold environment in frigid as well as temperate zones, it is bulky and biggest in size among the tiger subspecies, with its fur being long and pale colored. In contrast, the Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni), inhabiting the southern section of the Malaysian peninsula, is the smallest, along with the Sumatra tigers, in its size, as a result of adaptation to the jungle environment. Its fur is also shorter and more densely colored, in comparison to the Siberian Tiger.

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