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Seoul: Jamsil Olympic Stadium

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The 1988 Summer Olympics (the XXIV Olympiad) were an all international multi-sport events celebrated in Seoul (South-Korea) from September 17 to October 2, 1988.  In the Seoul Games, 160 nations were represented by a total of 8391 athletes, 6197 men and 2194 women.  The motto of these games was: "Harmony and Progress".
This postcard shows the Jamsil Stadium, which was the main stadium built for the 1988 games. Today it is the centrepiece of the Jamsil Sports Complex in the Songpa-gu District of Seoul.
The profile of the stadium imitates the elegant curves of a Korean Joseon Dynasty porcelain vase.

The left stamp shows the "Crinum asiaticum, variety Japonicum (Baker)", a typical plant for Korea, China, Japan, India and Malaya where it is found growing in marshes and sand dunes.
The stamp on the right depicts "the Happy Family", seen as a bunch of grapes (emission of 13 May 2011). It features the work of Jieun Shin.

Changdeokgung Palace Huwon Garden

Postcard received from Sinae

The postcard gives a small detail of the Huwon Garden, a 32-ha garden behind the Royal Palace in the center of Seoel.Huwon ("rear garden") is part of the 45-ha area belonging to the Changdeokgung Palace. The complex is recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1997.
A detailed description of the complex can be found on:


The large stamp depicts the Spiranthes sinensis (commonly known as the Chinese Spiranthes) is a species of Orchid.
The flower on the small stamp is a Crinum Asiaticum, also called Poison Bulb or Spider Lily.
The bird on the small stamp is a Strix aluco, a Brown Owl, commonly found in woodlands across much of Eurasia.