May 17, 2010

Korea FDC on "Rivers of Korea (4th)"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia

South Korea

Rivers of Korea (4th)

Date of Issue : 11 May 2010

The last installment of the “Rivers of Korea Series,” features the Han River following the Nakdong River, Seomjin River and Geum River.

The Han River traverses the very heart of the Korean peninsula originating from Taebaek city, Gangwon-do province and winds through Gangwon-do province, Chungcheongbuk-do province, Gyeonggi-do province and Seoul to finally flow into the Yellow Sea. It have also been called the Arisu (阿利水), Sapyeongdo (沙平渡), Hansu (漢水), etc. With the movement of the capital city to Hanyang by King Taejo of the Joseon Dynasty, the Han River has occupied the position of the political, economic and cultural center of the Korean peninsula.

Winding 494.44km in length and containing 25,953 ㎢ in its basin, the Han River is the largest river in South Korea, in terms of the amount of flowing water. The ecosystem of the part of the Han River that meanders through the Seoul city contains a total of 1,600 species: an extensive variety of plant species such as reed, common reed and phragmites japonica Steud.; 71 types of fish including river puffer, Korean rose bitterling, Chinese minnow and rough-skin sculpin; such endangered species as the Chinese egret, wood-sandpiper, whooper swan, gold frog, narrow-mouthed toad, Chinese water deer, and raccoon dog.

The stamps are really very beautiful. On each stamp, you would notice a very special wave-shaped perforation.

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