Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued a new postage stamp in the denominations of Rs.15.00 to commemorate the World Post Day 2018 on 09th October, 2018.
|Date of Issue||09th October, 2018|
|Catalogue No:||CSL 2304|
|Stamp Designer||Pulasthi Ediriweera|
|Stamp Size:||60mm x 30mm|
|Sheet Composition:||20 stamps per sheet|
The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts will issue a new postage stamp in the denomination of Rs 15.00 on October 09, 2018 to mark the commemoration of the 144th World Post Day of 2018.
Arrangements have been made to celebrate the 2018 World Post Day National Celebration in the historic city of Kandy on a grand scale. The World Post Day 2018 commemorative stamp issued to mark this occasion has been designed depicting the old Post Office of Kandy and the mail carriage used in the past for the transport of postal goods between Kandy and Colombo.
Old Post Office Building of Kandy
The old Post Office building which houses the present Regional Mail Sorting Centre of Kandy and the Kandy Postal Training Institute is a very old building of archaeological value built in 1897 mainly for the purpose of the hotel industry. It was named ‘Station Grand Hotel’ at that time and in 1802 it was taken over by the Postal Department with the aim of making postal services from the centre of the country more efficient. Situated at the centre of the city of Kandy, its location is unique enabling easy access by modes of transport such as by train and bus. The architecture of this building shows the influence of English architecture and its main hall has been constructed similar to the Ball Room of the Queens Hotel which is a very popular old hotel in Kandy. Due to its prominent features such as the façade, wooden stair cases and the tiled angular roof resembling British architectural features, it has become one of the most valuable buildings among the ancient buildings in Sri Lanka. In 1996 this building was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Building by the Central Cultural Fund.
Kandy-Colombo Mail Transport Carriage
The mail carriage service operated between Kandy and Colombo is considered to be the first of its kind in Asia. This service proposed through a proclamation in December, 1831 during the period of Governor Sir Robert Horton was operated with effect from February 01, 1832 every morning from Colombo to Kandy and from Kandy to Colombo. The crew who travelled on this carriage which consisted of four light weight wheels and drawn by two horses were paid a special allowance for the responsibility borne by them with regard to the safety of goods transported. With the subsequent developments in the postal services, the train service too was used later in order to enhance its efficiency.
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