One of the goals of the PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition in Taipei was to encourage people to write more letters and postcards. To that end, one of the attractions was a daily handwriting workshop where an expert taught visitors how to write with a fountain pen.
On the last day of the exhibition, Wang Sheng-che (???) showcased his writing skills at the workshop, urging everyone to take the time to write letters and postcards.
In the era of e-mail and social media, Chunghwa Post Co. Chairman Ong Wen-chyi (???) said "an event like this is very meaningful." It reminds people what it feels like to write with a pen in one's hand, he said.
While attending the event, Ong encouraged participants to write a card to their loved ones on such special occasions as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
The handwriting event was popular with visitors to the six-day exhibition. Dozens attended Wednesday's workshop, writing postcards that will be delivered by Chunghwa Post.
One woman attended the workshop because she wanted to learn how to write more beautifully and wrote a postcard to her mother during the workshop, she told CNA.
Although she does not often write letters or postcards, the woman said she will try to write more often in the future.
The World Stamp Championship Exhibition, which kicked off Oct. 21, ran until Wednesday, showcasing 2,450 philately items shown by exhibitors from 80 countries and areas.
Chunghwa Post, Taiwan's official postal service, hosted this year's exhibition, which was held in Taiwan for the first time and coincided with the company's 120th founding anniversary.
The exhibition showcased creative designs, 16 special mailboxes painted with symbols and images from Taiwan's 16 officially recognized indigenous tribes and displayed stamps from 101 countries.
The event also featured augmented reality stamps, animation, virtual reality and other audio-visual elements.
Over the six days, the exhibition received more than 300,000 visitors from home and abroad, according to the organizers.
Next year, the world stamp exhibition will be held in Indonesia.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel