SingPost issues stamp set depicting folktales from Sisters' Islands, Kusu Island

SingPost's Myths and Legends stamp set featuring the Sisters' Islands folktale.
SingPost's Myths and Legends stamp set featuring the Sisters' Islands folktale. PHOTO: SINGPOST
SingPost's Myths and Legends stamp set featuring the Kusu Island folktale.
SingPost's Myths and Legends stamp set featuring the Kusu Island folktale. PHOTO: SINGPOST

SINGAPORE - Singapore Post (SingPost) has teamed up with the National Heritage Board (NHB) to come up with a stamp set, called Myths and Legends, that depicts folklore from Singapore's Southern islands.

The stamps, which will be released on Wednesday (May 25), feature two popular folktales from Sisters' Islands and Kusu Island.

Each set of stamps comes in four denominations: 1st local, 2nd local, 50 cents and $2.

SingPost's last Myths and Legends stamp issue, which centred on the local tales of "Attack of the Swordfish" and "Sang Nila Utama", was in October 2014.

The Sisters' Island tale revolves around two inseparable sisters who drowned themselves in the sea rather than be apart, and reveals the origins behind the islands' name.

 
 

Kusu Island, meanwhile, was named after a giant turtle that rescued two fishermen caught in ferocious storms. It brought them on its back to the island, which became their home.

SingPost has also collaborated with NHB and the Singapore Philatelic Bureau to organise a public exhibition at its Next Generation Post Office at Suntec City from May 25 to June 8.

Titled "Tales from our Shores", the exhibition will present stories about the Sisters' Islands and Kusu Island.

It will be open from 11am to 7pm daily.

Stamp collectors who buy the new stamps on Wednesday at the Suntec Post Office can collect a special edition cachet from Singapore Philatelic Bureau staff, who will be stationed there from 11am to 5pm.

There is also a pre-cancelled first day cover, priced at $8.20, that comes with the complete set of stamps.

The stamps can also be purchased at all post offices and the Singapore Philatelic Museum, as well as online at www.stampdelight.com.