Foreign Brunei First Day Covers

I recently acquired two first day covers. Both from the 1980s showing Brunei. Both are issued overseas. The first is:

This is issued by the Korean postal authorities on the occasion of His Majesty's first official visit to Korea in April 1984, a few months after Brunei gained independence. It is interesting that the Koreans put up a drawn portrait of His Majesty on the cover of the first day cover. The stamp has His Majesty and the then President of Korea, Chun Doo Hwan. President Chun was President of South Korea from 1980 to 1988. He was sentenced to death in 1996 for his heavy-handed response to the Gwangju Democratization Movement, but later pardoned by President Kim Young-sam with the advice of then President-elect Kim Dae-jung, whom Chun himself had sentenced to death some 20 years earlier.

The other one is this first day cover issued by United Nations in September 1989. I know this belong to a series of other first day cover but I don't have enough detail to tell readers. The stamp is that of Brunei flag. Interestingly, the first day cover described Brunei as 'this small sultanate has the highest per capita income in all of East Asia', a description which we lost years ago.


Anonymous said…
how about an article on silat cakak asli brunei? as far as i know, we are the only negara melayu which
recognizes one particular style of silat as its national martial arts.

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