May 30, 2009

Cover From South Korea

Thanks Kim for ur beautiful cover and MNH stamps u send me... Love them alot and hope v can have many more friendly exchanges in the future... tc and gbu...

Both the stamp are from Rivers of Korea Series (3rd) issued on 10th February 2009. Basically, all the 4 nos depicts Geum River in 4 different season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter).

The Geum River (the word Geum stands for silks) which derives its name from its waves that give the impression of a velvety surface is introduced as the third part of the “Rivers of Korea Series.”

The Geum River originates from a little fountain called “Tteunbongsaem” at the hillside of Mt. Sinmusan located in Subun-ri, Jangsu-eup, Jangsu-gun, Jeollabuk-do Province. The name Tteunbongsaem comes from a birth myth of the Joseon Dynasty: Lee Seong-Gye, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, received a divine message to found the Joseon Dynasty while praying to heaven at this fountain.

Then, a large phoenix flew up into the sky from this fountain.
The water stream of the Geum River, around which the glorious culture of Baekje Dynasty had flourished and which has served as the lifeline of Chungcheong-do Province, traverses through all the corners of Chungcheongnam-do and Chungcheongbuk-do Provinces. Then, the river flows along the boundary between Chungcheongnam-do Province and Jeollabuk-do Province, and via Gunsan, finally into the Western Sea. Meandering 395.9 km in length and containing 9,810㎢ in its total basin area, the Geum River is the third largest river in South Korea, after the Han River and the Nakdong River. The mouth of the Geum River boasts picturesque scenery blended with a forest of reeds and is well known as the habitat for a variety of migratory birds such as the whistling swan during the wintertime.