|Puppet masters: The stamp set features the traditional puppetry of Việt Nam and Thailand.—Photo from the organizing committee|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Thailand issued a set of commemorative stamps in Hà Nội and Bangkok last week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, which began on August 6, 1976.
The stamp set, which consists of two pieces, features the traditional puppetry of Việt Nam and Thailand.
The first tells the legend of Hoàn Kiếm Lake where Lê Lợi returned his magic sword to the Golden Turle after his forces defeated the Ming Chinese army in 1428. The second features Thailand’s folk puppet play, Hun Krabrok, by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The set, designed by painters Nguyễn Du from Việt Nam and Pisit Prasitthanadoon from Thailand, will be on sale until June 30, 2018.
“The joint stamp issue will help strengthen mutual understanding between the two peoples and foster postal collaboration between the two countries,” said Deputy Minister of Information and Telecommunication Nguyễn Minh Hồng at the issuing event.
The Vietnam Post Corporation also took the occasion to launch the ASEAN Stamp, a mobile application presenting postage stamps of ASEAN member states which can be scanned with augmented reality technology to display related content, allowing the public and stamp collectors to learn about the cultural and historical values of those stamps.—VNS