For Venezuelans, a new stamping ground

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For Venezuelans, a new stamping ground

"Stamps are windows into a country," said Venezuela's ambassador to Korea, Guillermo Quintero, at a gathering of dignitaries last week to mark the opening of a Venezuelan postal stamp exhibition. The display was set up at the Central Post Office's museum, which is on the fourth floor of its building in Chungmuro, downtown Seoul.

The exhibition, "Postal Stamps of Venezuela," attracted ambassadors and members of the Latin American community.

"Each stamp has to capture the country's image," Mr. Quintero said while touring the exhibition. "A stamp on a letter shows the world a country's culture and history."

The exhibition, culled from approximately 15 series, contains about 200 stamps. One series depicts orchids, the country's national flower; another pays homage to Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America; and another, issued by the Postal Union of the Americas, features birds in danger of extinction.

The material on exhibit may be small, but it has maps and some English explanations. A note to collectors, history buffs and Latin America aficionados: Bring a magnifying glass.

The exhibition ends Friday. For information, call 02-741-0036.

by Joe Yong-hee

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