Friday, July 01, 2005

Panda Postage Stamp

Thailand and China share a long history together. In fact, it is said that Thai people immigrated to the land called "Thailand" from somewhere in the southern part of China some thousands years ago. Through thick and thin, the relation between Thailand and China is stronger from generations to generations of people. Anyway, after World War the Second, the official diplomatic relation between Kingdom of Thailand and People's Republic of China was established on July 1, 1975. This year marks the 30th anniversary of such relation. To commemorate this auspicious event, Thailand Post issue a set of 2 commemorative stamps depicted pictures of Pandas named "Chuang Chuang" and "Lin Hui" (or "Taewan" and "Taewee" in Thai.) These pandas came from China under a governmental contract and will stay in Chiang Mai zoo for a limited time of 10 years. They act as ambassadors of goodwill and symbolize an awareness for wildlife preservation in Thailand.

The special part of this commemorative postage stamps is not only the occasion in which it has been issued but also the design of the stamps itself. This set of stamps is the first ever in Thailand to bare a circular shape. This mark as a new era for stamps with unusual shape to be emerged in the future.


Release Date: 1 July 2005
Number of Copies: 2,000,000 pieces/design
Type: Sheet of 20 (mixed)
Value (in THB): 3.00 ฿ (2 designs)
Printing Style: Lithography - Multi Color
Printer: Thai British Security Printing, Thailand
Design: Thaneth Ponchaiwong