THE WONDERLAND OF VIETNAMESE STAMPS _98
Legend of Restored- Sword Lake
In the past, Restored-Sword Lake was named Luc Thuy Lake because its water was blue all year round. Legend has it that one day in the 15th century, after victory over the Chinese Ming invaders, when King Le Loi was taking a cruise on the lake in Thang long Citadel, Dragon King_s golden tortoise came out of the water to take back the sacred sword that had been given to him by Dragon King to save the homeland. Since then, the Luc Thuy Lake has been named Restored Sword Lake.
Restored Sword Lake on the area of 15 hectares is a historical relic, a cultural site, a beautiful landscape in the centre of Hanoi. Up to now, tortoises in the lake have been available. They are the biggest species of tortoise in Vietnam. Annually, they come out of the water for several times. This legend has been passed by tradition from generation to generation, especially for Hanoians.
In order to remember this legend, Department General of Posts _ Telecommunications (DGPT) issues the stampset "Legend of Restored-Sword Lake" with two values:
- The 1st: King Le Loi on boat - face value of 400d
- The 2nd: The sites of the Jade Hill Temple, The Huc Sunrise Bridge, Badinh district,... - face value of 400d.
Date of issue
Mr. Trinh Quoc Thu
46 x 31 (mm)
190 x 120 (mm)
Postal Stamp Printing Enterprise (in Ho Chi Minh City)
standard paper ( both gummed and ungummed )