21 September 2011






INDONESIA 2012: International Philatelic exhibition will  be held under the patronage of FIP from 18 to 24 June 2012 at Jakarta Convention Center. The exhibition will be known as  INDONESIA 2012 WORLD STAMP CHAMPIONSHIP.

 Mr. S. Sahoo, is National Commissioner for India. His address is:- D-3, BJB Nagar, Bhubanshwar 751 014 Email: sahadevas@yahoo.com  

Due to technical problems, there will be a delay in the bulletin and hardcopies of Entry Form + Inventory List of the INDONESIA 2012 World Stamp Championship to be sent to all countries by the organizing committee.

The organizing committee of INDONESIA 2012 WORLD STAMP CHAMPIONSHIP has rescheduled the deadline for sending the entry form. THE CLOSING DATE IS ON 15TH DECEMBER 2011. On that date the entry form should already arrive to the Organizing Committee.

New stamp from South Korea


Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana


Date of Issue : 23 September 2011


A thousand years ago, work commenced on Korea's first woodcut Tripitaka, the "Chojo Daejanggyeong" or "the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana." Tripitaka (Daejanggyeong) is the collection of "Gyeongjang (Sutra Pitaka)," the compilation of Buddha's utterances, "Yuljang (Vinaya Pitaka)," the record of Buddhist precepts and "Nonjang (Abhidhamma Pitaka)," the translation of what Buddha said. It was during the Goguryeo era in the 4th century that Buddhism was first introduced to Korea. It steadily developed over the eras of Baekje and Silla to reach its heyday during the Goryeo era. With the background of this Buddhist culture and in the face of the frequent invasions by the Khitan, Goryeo's excellent scientific technologies, the art of printing and economic power were combined to create "Tripitaka Koreana," which embodies Goryeo people's desire to overcome those invasions through the mercy of Buddha.

Work on the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana began in the 2nd year of King Hyeonjong's reign (the year 1011) during the Goryeo dynasty and its first engraving on woodblocks was accomplished in the 4th year of King Seonjong's reign (the year 1029). The engraving resumed in 1046 and was completed in 1087. Based on the Gaebopan Tripitaka (the year 971) during the Northern Song dynasty, the world's first woodcut Tripitaka, as well as referencing a selection of other Tripitakas in circulation during those days, the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana was created as Goryeo's own unique Tripitaka.

The superb cultural and academic foundations of those times resulted in the great feat of manufacturing "Gyojang," the collection of Scriptures and Commentaries on the Tripitaka – the only one in the world. Currently, about 3,000 fascicles of the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana exist, holding a high bibliographical value. As the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana, stored at the Buin Temple in Palgong Mountain located in Daegu, was destroyed by fire in 1232 when Mongols invaded Korea, Jaejo Daejanggyeong (the Second-edition Tripitaka Koreana) was created from the 23th year (the year 1236) to the 38th year (the year 1251) of the reign of King Gojong of the Goryeo dynasty, which finally completed the 240-year-long, mammoth project of Tripitaka Koreana. This Second-edition Tripitaka Koreana, more commonly called Palman Daejanggyeong, was designated, along with its Depositories (Janggyeong Panjeon), as a UNESCO Memory of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage, respectively, in recognition of its cultural excellence.

In celebration of the millennial anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana, various events are being held this year including international workshops. In addition, a new step leading to the next millennium is being undertaken through the database work on the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana.

Celebrating the Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana is one of Korean proud cultural heritages. A commemorative stamp will be  issued on 23 September 2011 that features "the 15th volume of Yugasajiron (Yogacaryabhumi sutra)" and "Eojebijangjeon" engraving -- the printed papers of the First-edition Tripitaka Koreana.


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