Singapore Museum presents new exhibition with monkey-themed stamps

Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016

Singapore MuseumSingapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) presents a new exhibition with monkey-themed stamps, philatelic materials and interactive exhibits to welcome the Year of Monkey.


Entitled “More than Monkeys”, the show exhibits everything from pop culture to fine arts, from endangered primates to fables and folklores.

The exhibition will run from Friday to Sept. 25
More than 300 stamps are on display, mostly from Asia, Africa, Central and South America, narrate this storyline.

One of the highlights is the newly issued Zodiac Monkey stamp by Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) on Jan. 8. The stamp set comprises three stamps in various denominations, namely 1st Local, 70 cents and 1.30 Singapore dollars. Each stamp presents a colorful illustration of the monkey, which is the ninth animal sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle.


Designed by Leo Teck Chong, the monkey stamp set is the ninth of 12 sets of stamps in the second zodiac stamp series issued by SingPost which began in 2008.

Visitors can not only find newly issued Chinese zodiac stamps, but also well-preserved ones issued in the past. The oldest stamp can be dated back to 1947.

It’s estimated that 54 stamps with monkeys from China are on display, including the famous “Red Monkey” stamp, which shows a black monkey on a dark red background.
This stamp is one of the most sought-after zodiac stamps, Nam News Network quoted Chua Mei Lin, curator of SPM, as saying. Designed by renowned Chinese artist Huang Yongyu, and lithographer and sculptor Shao Bolin, it was the first zodiac stamp issued by China in 1980.

The exhibition also showcases various stamps related to the story of Sun Wukong who is also known as Monkey King. He is a main character in the Chinese classical novel “Journey to the West.”

Japan was the first country in the world to introduce the zodiac theme on stamps in 1950, which was the Year of Tiger. In 2016, Japan issued four stamps with monkeys, and one of the four can be seen at the exhibition.

“Stamps are excellent educational tools to learn about the world around us. SPM’s zodiac animal series of exhibitions is one way through which we convey more about local and international traditions, while also giving visitors the chance to learn more about the zodiac animals,” said Tresnawati Prihadi, general manager of SPM.

Specially designed for children and families, the exhibition includes many interactive activities. Children can listen to the call of the loudest monkey, help the chimpanzee catch ants from the ant hill, test their ability at the jigsaw tree and spot for monkey-related terms at the word search puzzle.


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