BANGKOK, July 18 (Xinhua) -- More than 2,000 stamp collections will be exhibited at the World Stamp Exhibition 2013 in Bangkok in August.
Thailand Post, a state enterprise, has been chosen by Federation International de Philatelie (F.I.P.) to host the exhibition in order to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the launching of Thailand's first stamp.
The event is scheduled to be held during August 2 to 14 at Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in central Bangkok.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously accepted the exhibition under royal patronage, and has given her personal collection to be put on display as well.
The Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition will be held under the theme of "Art and Happiness", showcasing art works related to stamp collections from all over the world.
The company had been a host of World Stamp Exhibition for three times, including in 1983, 1993 and 2003, and hosted World Youth Stamp Exhibition in 1999 as well.
The event, the goal of which is to improve stamp collecting, will be both a showcase and a competition under the rule of F.I.P, the world federation for philately based in Zurich, Switzerland.
It is expected to have more than 2,400 stamp collections, worth up to a billion baht or 32 million U.S. dollars, shown in the event.
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