Saturday, 25 October 2014

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM INDONESIA

After a long “winter” far from my blog (a lot of work, few time to post), I AM BACK!!! Have hundreds of postcards to post (I did not stop swapping) and a new postal address:
                                               Caixa Postal 27012
                                                         AGF - T9
                                                     Goiania - GO
                                                        74150-970
                                                           BRAZIL
Off the eastern coast of Sumatra, lies Belitung Island and its white sand beaches and crystal clear water, paradise for snorkeling or scuba diving. Belitung Island is surrounded by small islands, and one of them is Lengkuas Island. Here we found the Belitung Lighthouse, a 57 m (187 ft) cast iron tower built in 1883, in the order of King Willem III, when Indonesia was a Dutch colony (5° 27' 3.21'' N  100° 18' 13.7'' E).
The white tower is still active and open to tourists to climb up its 167 steps to the balcony/lantern. It is a big chance to enjoy different views of the island and crystal clear waters surrounding it.

Indonesia issued on April 1st, 2014 a set of three commemorative stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first stamp in Indonesia. Indonesia Postal Administration was formally established on September 27th, 1945, but the history of Indonesian stamps started on April 1st 1864, when the first Netherland Indies stamp was released.

Japan occupied the Dutch East Indies, modern Indonesia, during World War II from March 1942 until after the end of the War in 1945. The Rp 8.000 stamp remembers this critical war period under Japanese occupation.

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