Red with a blue cross outlined in white that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag); the colors recall Norway's past political unions with Denmark (red and white) and Sweden (blue).
Sender: Sandra, Received on: 17 Mar, 2013, Travel time: 21 days
A Europe: The monastery ruins on Selja Island,Nordfjord
Riga was a major centre of the Hanseatic League, deriving its prosperity in the 13th–15th centuries from the trade with central and eastern Europe. The urban fabric of its medieval centre reflects this prosperity, though most of the earliest buildings were destroyed by fire or war. Riga became an important economic centre in the 19th century, when the suburbs surrounding the medieval town were laid out, first with imposing wooden buildings in neoclassical style and then in Jugendstil . It is generally recognized that Riga has the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe.
Sender: Alona, Received on: 17 Feb, 2013, Travel time: 21 days
Coats of Arms of Latvian Towns and Regions - Smiltene (2006)
Macao, a lucrative port of strategic importance in the development of international trade, was under Portuguese administration from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it came under Chinese sovereignty. With its historic street, residential, religious and public Portuguese and Chinese buildings, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The site also contains a fortress and a lighthouse, the oldest in China. It bears witness to one of the earliest and longest-lasting encounters between China and the West, based on the vibrancy of international trade.
Seoul city has officially used Haechi (origin of Haetae) as the symbol of Seoul since 2009.
In English ,it is called as "the Unicorn-lion" or "an omniscient mythical beast"
Sent on: 12 Jul, 2011
Definitive postage stamp Date of issue: 02.03.2006.
Design: Crinum asiaticum var. japonicum Baker
According to the practice of periodic replacement of definitive postage stamps, the 100 won stamp featuring a dishcloth gourd, issued in March 5, 1997, is replaced by a stamp featuring a crinum (Crinum asiaticum var. japonicum Baker), starting from March 2, 2006. Though it is easily mistaken for a type of orchid due to its name “crinum,” which name in Korean is “Moonjuran,” (with “ran” denoting an orchid), it is, in fact, a perennial herb belonging to the daffodil family. About 50cm tall, it grows in sandy soil at seacoasts, with leaves opening out in all directions. In July and August, its white flowers blossom, emitting a sweet scent. Around August and September, it bears globular fruits. In Korea, crinum grows only on Rabbit Island -- an island located east of Jeju Island. Rabbit Island is so called because during the hot summer season, the island, covered with white crinum flowers, looks like a white rabbit. Rabbit Island, being the crinum’s northernmost habitat, has high significance in terms of scientific research and has been designated and is protected as Natural Monument No. 19.
Definitive postage stamp Date of issue: 30.06.2008
With the launching of the new government (Feb. 25, 2008), Korea Post which was part of the Ministry of Information and Communication is now under the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. To mark this change, the current 250 KRW stamp featuring a brown hawk owl will be replaced by one featuring a Euryale ferox Salisb. This new stamp is produced as a self-adhesive stamp, to facilitate the convenience of stamp users. The beautiful, purple Euryale ferox Salisb. is a lonely plant being the only species and genus that exists in the entire world. When the little tiny bud sprouts, large leaves spring up from its roots. Then, a flower stalk comes forth, from where a mysterious, purple colored flower blossoms. There are thorns all over the plant except on its petals. The leaves grow up to reach 20 cm to 2m, with their rumpled surface showing a lustrous hue. Even though Euryale ferox Salisb. is a yearly plant, there are times when they can’t be seen every year due to their “alternate year bearing.” Its flower that blossoms during July and August opens up in the daytime but closes down at night, making its admirers miss them even more. Being a plant that grows naturally only in the East Asian region, it is found in old reservoirs or ponds in Korea. Protected as an endangered wild plant, it is regarded as a rare plant all across the world.
A rare mainland China junk tacks across the busy harbour with Central and the Peak in the background.
Sent on: 30 Jun, 2011
HK$3 - Save to give. The stamp showed a rich man giving a pouch of rice to the old and child.
Children Stamps - Chinese Idioms and Their Stories, Issue Date: 28th June 2011
Combining love of fun and educational purpose, this cheerful set of stamps makes a perfect gift for all. Let's put the associated stickers in place on the souvenir sheet to reveal the full illustrations of Chinese idioms that are imbued with traditional wisdom. The souvenir pack will present you with the interesting stories behind each idioms in an interactive way.
The property includes a selection of eleven penal sites, among the thousands established by the British Empire on Australian soil in the 18th and 19th centuries. The sites are spread across Australia, from Fremantle in Western Australia to Kingston and Arthur's Vale on Norfolk Island in the east; and from areas around Sydney in New South Wales in the north, to sites located in Tasmania in the south. Around 166,000 men, women and children were sent to Australia over 80 years between 1787 and 1868, condemned by British justice to transportation to the convict colonies. Each of the sites had a specific purpose, in terms both of punitive imprisonment and of rehabilitation through forced labour to help build the colony. The Australian Convict Sites presents the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.
Received on: 23 Mar 2011
Australia gummed stamp 15 February 2011 Centenary of International Women's Day
Three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, and red; emblem in center of flag is of a Roman eagle of gold outlined in black with a red beak and talons carrying a yellow cross in its beak and a green olive branch in its right talons and a yellow scepter in its left talons; on its breast is a shield divided horizontally red over blue with a stylized aurochs head, star, rose, and crescent all in black-outlined yellow; based on the color scheme of the flag of Romania - with which Moldova shares a history and culture - but Moldova's blue band is lighter; the reverse of the flag does not display any coat of arms.
Sender: shelty, Received on: 4 Mar, 2013, Travel time: 14 days
Built in the early 13th century a few kilometres south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu'l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.
Sender: Parul K., Received on: 4 Mar, 2013, Travel Time: 18 days
14th November 2010: CHILDREN'S DAY - Denomination INR 05.00
01st December 2009: GREETINGS - Denomination INR 05.00
05 th August 2011: RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN - DenominationINR 05.00
Three equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), green, and red; yellow symbolizes golden fields, as well as the sun, light, and goodness; green represents the forests of the countryside, in addition to nature, freedom, and hope; red stands for courage and the blood spilled in defense of the homeland.
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Sender: aprila, Received on: 4 Mar, 2013, Travel time: 21 days
Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Lithuania
Postcard 2 : National Flag and the State Flag of Lithuania
Historical state Flag
The earliest known flags with a Lithuanian identity were recorded in the 15th century Banderia Prutenorum manuscript, written by Jan Długosz. At the Battle of Grunwald in 1410, two distinct flags were present. The majority of the 40 regiments carried a red banner depicting a mounted knight, chasing an unseen enemy. This flag, known as the Vytis, would eventually be used as the Lithuanian war flag, and again in 2004 as the state flag. The remainder of the regiments carried a red banner displaying the Columns of Gediminas. Those that bore the Vytis, also known as the Pahonia, were armies from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, while those who bore the Columns of Gediminas were from noble families of Lithuania. Until the end of the 18th century, when they were annexed by the Russian Empire, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the successor states of Lithuania used the Vytis as their flag.
Sender: linderfir, Sent on: 10 Aug, 2013, Received on: 10 Sep, 2013, Travel time: 31 days