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One Pillar Pagoda on
Postage Due Issue of 1927

Chua Mot Cot on Postage Due Issue
The ChuaMot Cot or One Pillar Pagoda is one of two design on the postage due issue of 1927.

Although Moldova declared its sovereignty in June of 1990, it did not issue its own stamps until June 23, 1991, when three stamps were released featuring the national coat of arms and flag. The nation's population consisted of 2/3 ethnic Romanians and 1/3 ethnic Russians. The minority Russian population in the Trans-Dniesteran Republic declared its independence from Moldova and issues its own stamps which are only valid for internal use. At the time of independence, Moldova was the most densely populated but also the least prosperous of the new countries asserting their independence. There is tension resulting from traditional economic ties with and energy dependence upon Russia and a desire to promote economic growth through closer links with the European Union.

On September 26, 1927, Indochina issued a set of thirteen postage due stamps. The Chua Mot Cot or One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi was depicted on the lower values and the Dragon of Annam was depicted on the higher issues.

Pagoda of Mot Cot in 2000
Chua Mot Cot or the One Pillar Pagoda

Chua Mot Cot or the One Pillar Pagoda was built in the reign of King Ly Thai Tong (1028-1054). In a dream, the king saw a vision of Phat Ba Quan Am-Kwan Yin. She led him to a shrine in the middle of a lotus pond. When he woke up, he consulted with his court and decided to replicate the shrine in his dream to dedicate it to Kwan Yin. The One Pillar Pagoda resembles a giant lotus blossom.


Bibliography

Kloetzel, James E. "Indochina." 2009 Standard Stamp Catalogue. 2008.

"Chua Mot Cot - One Pillar Pogoda." Vietscape. 1996-2009. VEN Productions. 18 Apr. 2009
     http://www.vietscape.com/travel/hanoi/motcot.html.

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