South Korea FDC 2008/10/01

Registered FDC of South Korea (2008/10/01): “The 50th Anniversary of Korea-Thailand Diplomatic Relations”

The two stamps of this mini-sheet depict the Juhamnu Pavilion of Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul and the Chakri Mahaprasat Hall of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

The Changdeokgung Palace was built in the 5th year of King Taejong’s reign during the Joseon Dynasty (in 1405), it had been used as the “official palace” (beopgung) where the king conducted governmental affairs for 258 years from1610 during the reign of Gwanghaegun to 1868 when king Gojong rebuilt Gyeongbokgung Palace. Famous for its rear garden that made best use of its natural topography, Changdeokgung Palace has been designated by UNESCO as a world heritage. Juhamnu Pavilion […] was built in 1776 (the year of the enthronement of King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty) as the royal library within the Palace. The pavilion’s first floor was called “Gyujanggak” where books were kept, and its second floor was used as a reading room.

King Rama I, who ascended to the throne as the first king of the Chakri Dynasty after the Ayutthaya era, built a palace on the east of Chao Phraya River in 1782. The Palace is now called “the Grand Palace“. The Grand Palace is 218,400 m² in area, has a 1,900 m long wall surrounding the palace, and is famous for its “Temple of the Emerald Buddha”. Chakri Mahaprasat Hall […] was completed in 1882 during the reign of King Rama V and [was] used as the King’s dwelling within the palace. Even though the building was built in a western style, Chakri Mahaprasat Hall’s roof is in line with Thailand’s traditional architectural style.

(Text of the Korea Post official info sheet.)

A huge “Thank You” goes to XU Hui and to Seung Young Oh for sending me this beautiful FDC!

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