30th Anniversary of UAE-Korea Diplomatic Relations
The UAE and the Republic of Korea established bilateral relations in 1980. The diplomatic ties are still progressing at all levels through common initiatives in regional and international forums. These relations were highlighted through the exchange of official visits between senior officials from both countries that played an important role in giving a new impetus to bilateral relations between the two countries, and have had a positive impact in supporting economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries and in other areas. As a result, a solid foundation has been established and paved the way for intensifying the exchange of official delegations at all levels. Korea puts the UAE on a priority list in its plans and projects with countries of the region. The reason for this is the political, economic and oil factors.
To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of UAE-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Emirates Post has released a joint issue of stamps with Korea Post in two denominations:
The wind tower (Barjeel) (AED 1 )
Barjeel, an early and very effective form of air conditioning, is a traditional architectural innovation used for many centuries to create natural ventilation in houses and buildings. The tower traps wind from four directions and channels it down into the house. It is not known who first invented the Barjeel, but it still can be seen in many countries today. Barjeels come in various designs.
Chimney of Mt. Amisan in Gyeongbokgung Palace (550 Fils)
Korea’s traditional heating system called “on-dol” works through a fire in a furnace under the floor that heats the entire room. The heat that circulates under the room is funneled to the outside through a connected chimney. The Mt. Amisan chimney in Geongbokgung palace was installed in 1865 at Gyotaejeon hall, the living quarters of the queen. On the wall of the hexagon-shaped chimney, vines, cranes, phoenix, pine trees, Japanese apricot flowers, chrysanthemums and deer are arranged in a congruous way, making the chimney highly significant, not only in terms of functionality but also in terms of the aesthetics of the sculpture decorating the palace backyard.