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Joint Issue Indonesia and Democratic People's Republicof Korea

15 April 2015

On April1965, the President of North Jorea Kim Il Sung made a diplomatic visit to Indonesia. On the occasion of the visit, the President of Indonesia Soekarno askedKim Il Sung walked around to the Bogor botanical gardens, a large garden where the growth of various types of plants.

When they walked in the park while enjoying the beautiful atmosphere, Kim Il Sung paused to enjoy the row of orchid species  "dendrobium" from Makassar, Bung Karno directly give the orchid flower to Kim Il Sung. A gift that's at once as a birthday gift for the guests.

Kimilsungia was treated and developed in North Korea. The flower development goes on in North Korea. The process of cultivation in the country not only make the flower continues to grow, it was developed to be more fertile. If in Indonesia Kimilsunga has three petals each stalk, in North Korea cultivated be six to seven petals each stalk.

At that moment, Bung Karno initiative to provide the name of the flower. Came the  name "Kimilsungia", a mix of the name Kim Il Sung and Indonesia. Since then, Kimilsungia enshrined as North Korea's national flower, as well as a symbol of friendship between Indonesia and North Korea. "Flower Diplomacy" a la Soekarno was finally making Indonesia a special in the hearts of the people of North Korea.

To commemorate the good reltions of two countries, the Government of North Korea in 1999, for the first time,held a "Kimilsungia Flower Festival". The festival was also as homeage to the North Korea to Kim Il Sung, the late President who much loved by the people.Each organization of the annual agenda of the Government of Indonesia wasthe only country that had the privilege to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the festival.

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and North Korea still continue to intertwine, though stiff and rushes. Although somewhat problematic because of the violation of human rights as well as its nuclear and missile ambitions that have threatened South Korea and Japan, North Korea has close political relations, economic interest, and strategic cooperation with Indonesia. Indonesia is still in touch with North Korea because the country is giving priority to dialogue and considers North Korea does not need to be isolated. Indonesia encourages North Korea to open up and do the right thing, as do Indonesia to Myanmar.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

STAMPS

Classification of Issuance

:

Special

Product Code

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151004

Issue date

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15 April 2015

Designs and Denominations

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1/2 President Soekarno, Rp 8.000,-

2/2 President Kim Il Sung, Rp 8.000,-

Size

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30.00 mm x 40.00 mm

Perforations

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12.75 x 13.50

Sheet Composition

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24 pcs (8x3)

Price per Set

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Rp 18.000,-

Colours

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4 separation + 1 invisible ink

Paper

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Tullis Russel

Gum

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PVA

Printing Process

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Offset

Printing Quantity

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300.000 sets

Designer

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President Soekarno by Basuki Bawono

Photograph of President Kim Il Sung courtesy of DPRK

Printer

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Perum Peruri

FIRST DAY COVER (FDC)

Product Code

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152104

Price

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Rp 21.000,-

Printing Quantity

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5.000 sets

Designer

:

Tata Sugiarta

 

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