India and Vietnam Release First-Ever Commemorative Stamps

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Context:

The first ever commemorative postage stamps were released by India and Vietnam on the theme of ancient architecture to mark their long-term friendly relationship.

Other Facts:

  • This is a symbol of strong friendship between the two countries.
  • It was released in an event in New Delhi on 25th January 2018.
  • The two set of stamps released carry picture of Sanchi Stupa and Thien Mu Pagoda. 
  • These two stamps are designed by artists from both India and Vietnam.
  • Sanchi Stupa (India) and Thien Mu Pagoda from Vietnam are symbols of the traditional and historical value of the people.

About Sanchi Stupa:

  • The Great Stupa at Sanchi is one of the oldest stone structures in India. It was originally commissioned by emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE.
  • It is located on a hilltop at Sanchi Town in Raisen District of the State of Madhya Pradesh, India.

About Thien Mu Pagoda:

  • It is also known as the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady and Linh Mụ Pagoda.
  • It is a historic temple in the city of Hue in Vietnam.
  • It is located in the northern province of Nam Dinh. Its iconic seven-storey pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city.
  • It was built in 1601 following the orders of the first Nguyen lords, Nguyen Hoang.
  • In 1665, major construction was undertaken by the Nguyen Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan.
  • It includes 14 storeys, which were carved into the shape of flowers, waves and clouds.

Source: PIB & Wikipedia