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2022 stamps from Vietnam

Written by catpaw

June 21, 2022

Before starting on Vietnam’s 2022 stamps, I looked over last year’s offerings. What was my favourite? Yikes it was hard to pick. My heart was torn between tigers and food. In the end, I couldn’t pick just one, so both sets win. The last two issues of 2021 were Nguyễn Quang Vinh’s Lunar New Year Tiger stamps and Tô Minh Trang’s Vietnamese Cuisine. Both are exquisite examples of the best Vietnam offers regarding culture, art and stamp design. 

Lunar New Year - Year of the Tiger Tết Nhâm Dần Lunar New Year - Year of the Tiger Tết Nhâm Dần  

Miến lươn Nghệ An BurmaBún bò HuếMỳ QuảngPhở khô Gia Lai

Bún, Phở, noodles and tigers. I can’t imagine a better stamp program. You can see all of them here Vietnam’s 2021 stamp issues | Bitter Grounds Magazine.

The Vietstampex Exhibition 2020 will finally be held, from June 24 to 26, 2022, after a two year delay due to Covid restrictions. Two special stamp issues will be released during the exhibition – Sea and Islands of Vietnam: Seabirds and Vietnamese Fairy Tales: The Starfruit Tree

Logo Vietstampex2020

If you are lucky enough to attend VIETSTAMPEX drop a note in the comments. I’d love to hear all about it. You don’t need to write it in English, I’ll figure it out. The show will be held at the Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Labor Culture Palace (91 Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi). The first show was held in 1998, and runs every 5 years so after a two year delay, it must be exciting for collectors in Vietnam to have it return. I know I was over the moon when CAPEX returned here in Toronto. Send photos! 

The new year starts with yet another personal favourite topic – coffee, so as far as I’m concerned the year is already a success. 

Enjoy

Catpaw

February

Coffee trees

Coffee trees  2022 stamps from VietnamCoffee trees 2022 stamps from Vietnam

Coffee treesCoffee trees

4 stamps

Coffee is grown in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. They are the second largest coffee exporter in the world, selling an estimated 3,637,627,000 lbs a year. This set of stamps show coffee in it’s various stages of growth. 

Vietnam has a great coffee culture. If you haven’t tried it, find a place that serves Vietnamese coffee. You won’t be disappointed. One of the highlights of my trips around Toronto is being able to stop and enjoy a cup. If you happen to wander to Toronto one day, stop at Rustle & Still café for a window seat and a Vietnamese coffee.  If you have a favourite place for a good Vietnamese coffee, drop it in the comments below. 

Designer: Tô Minh Trang 

Release date: February 22, 2022


April

Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of the Death of Historian Lê Văn Hưu (1230-1322) 

Commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of historian Lê Văn Hưu (1230-1322)  2022 stamps from Vietnam

1 stamp

Trần Dynasty historian. Credited with writing the first history of Vietnam Lê Văn Hưu’s Đại Việt sử ký | Le Van Huu’s Dai Viet history book. 

Designer: Nguyễn Du

Release date: April 9, 2022


50 years of protecting Quang Tri Citadel |Thành cổ Quảng Trị (1972-2022)

50 years of protecting Quang Tri Citadel |Thành cổ Quảng Trị (1972-2022)

1 stamp

The Citadel is an ancient military castle dating to 1809. The original earthen covered fort was commissioned by King Gia Long. By 1837, King Minh Mạng ordered it rebuilt with bricks and served as a military stronghold in the Quảng Trị province until 1945.

This place is not only the political, economic and cultural center of Quang Tri province, but also has an important position in the history of the struggle for national independence and the defense of the Fatherland. In the summer of 1972 (from June 28 to September 16) there was an 81-day and-night fight to protect Quang Tri Citadel, going down in history as the immortal epic against foreign invaders of the Vietnamese people. VNPost | Introducing the stamp set “50 years of protecting Quang Tri Citadel (1972-2022)”

Designer: Nguyễn Du

Release date: April 29, 2022


May

31st Southeast Asian Games – SEA Games 31

31st Southeast Asian Games - SEA Games 31 31st Southeast Asian Games - SEA Games 31 

31st Southeast Asian Games - SEA Games 31 31st Southeast Asian Games - SEA Games 31 

31st Southeast Asian Games - SEA Games 31 2022 stamps from Vietnam

4 stamps, 1 stamp on a souvenir sheet

This is the second time Vietnam has hosted the SEA Games. Their first was the 22nd games in 2008.

Designers: Trần Thế Vinh and Nguyễn Du

Release date: May 12, 2022


June

Vietnamese Fairy Tales: The Starfruit Tree

Vietnamese Fairy Tales: The Tree Vietnamese Fairy Tales: The Tree

4 stamps, 1 stamp on souvenir sheet

Vietnamese Fairy Tales: The Starfruit Tree | Truyện cổ tích Việt Nam: Cây khế uses a universal motif of greed and sibling rivalry to tell this cautionary tale. Artist and designer Nguyễn Du created this beautiful storyboard, featuring vividly colourful illustrations.  Nguyễn has created many stamps for Vietnam post, but this will rank as his best work.

The story lays out, in 4 frames the basics of the tale and woven between each stamp, is a starfruit tree.

You can read about this set here Folktale from Vietnam – starfruit tree | Bitter Grounds Magazine

Designer: Nguyễn Du

Release date: June 25, 2022


Sea, Island of Vietnam (set 3): Seabirds, islands

 Sea, Island of Vietnam (set 3): Seabirds, islands 2022 stamps from Vietnam

4 stamps, 1 stamp on souvenir sheet

Designers: Nguyễn Du and Phạm Quang Diệu

Release date: June 24, 2022


Enjoy last year’s stamps Vietnam’s 2021 stamp issues

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