Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cover from Korea

Good things never last, the wireless internet connection of my hotel room is still very efficient but is no more free :-(( It seems only the first 24 hours were free. So as I had to pay for it, better to use it as much as possible.Since several weeks I wanted to share with you a cover that I received from Korea and that I found really nice. Here it is.

The actual size of the envelope is quite small, this is why the stamps look so big on it.

The stamp located on the left has been issued in 2006. It pictures a pansori singer. The word “pansori” means “song that is sung at a space bustling with many spectators” and describes a traditional Korean narrative song. In such a performance, the singer sings a song and makes use of body language to the tune of the drummer. During the performance of the pansori, members of the audience freely utter stylized cries of encouragement which blend rhythmically with the singing: as indicated by its name, a pansori performance brings the performer into the midst of the audience. Though the facts of its origin have been lost to time, pansori’s stories reflect the moods of the times. The stamp pictures Mo Heung-Gap, one of the best pansori singer, on a portrait from the 19th century. The stamp was issued to celebrate the fact that pansori was selected by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of the Oral Tradition and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.
The stamp on the right, has been issued on the 21st of February 2007 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Debt Repayment Movement. In 1907 the whole population attempted to participate to the repayment of the national debt in various ways : some people gave up tobacco for three months and used the money saved from this to defend the nation, some women sold their rings and ornamental hairpins. The ring pictured on the stamp celebrate this patriotic movement.

At the end it gives a very pleasant cover that I’m glad to add to my collection.

All information about the stamps are coming from the Korean post website :

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