In the age of instant messaging and video calls, a hand-written letter or a simple postcard may be a unique gesture for many. From sending a simple letter to a postcard from your vacation destination to your loved ones who live far away, has its own nuances. To commemorate the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), on 9th October in 1874, World Post Day is celebrated on the same day every year. World Post Day 2023 or World Post Office Day 2023 will be celebrated on 9th October 2023, Monday. The theme for World Post Day 2023 suggests – ‘Together for Trust: Collaborating for a safe and connected future’. As an extension of World Post Day like every year India will celebrate ‘National Post Day 2023’, the next day, i.e. 10th October 2023. 

A post office can be found in the middle of a metropolitan city and also in some of the remotest locations. Now imagine receiving letters from one of the post offices located in the most unique parts of the world. Feels exciting right?

Here are 6 unique Post Offices in the world situated in some unusual places.

1. Floating Post Office, India

Unique Post offices- Floating Post Office, Kashmir
The Floating Post Office on Dal Lake, Kashmir
Image Credit: Vinayaraj/ Wikimedia Commons

Srinagar’s Dal Lake is one of India’s iconic tourist locations. It attracts visitors not only for the serene views of the lake but also for having one of the most beautiful post offices in the world. In between the shikaras and houseboats, floats a public post office. With some postmen and a box of special stamps depicting a shikhara and a boatman, this is no less than an ordinary post office. It also has banking services, a museum showcasing the story of the postal system and a souvenir shop to buy postcards, stamps, local items and greeting cards. 

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2. From the Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited monuments in the world. Imagine being on a month-long trip through Europe and you reach the City of Love – Paris. You can commemorate your visit to the Eiffel Tower by sending a postcard to your loved ones or even to yourself from a little post office on the ground floor of the Eiffel Tower. This post office was initially on the top of the tower. Which meant you could write letters at 900 ft in the air with views of the beautiful city. For the lucky ones, your letter might get sealed with the special Eiffel Tower on your postcards. 

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3. On the Top of Mount Everest, Tibet

If you are feeling adventurous, this World Post Day 2023, send a letter from a height of 5,300m above ground level. All you need to do is prepare enough to reach Tingri in Tibet by beating altitude sickness and lugging oxygen cylinders all the way up to the Tibetan Paradise Post Office. Established in 2008, this post office is the Everest Base Camp and also serves as a resting spot for visitors. This post office is operational only during climbing season and is comparatively a little expensive. However, do not worry as you can send your postage to all parts of the world from here. 

4. Underwater Post Office, Vanuatu

Underwater post office in Vanuatu
Underwater post office in Vanuatu
Image Credit: Vanuatu Post Official Website

After the heights, it’s time to scale the depths of the ocean. The Vanuatu Post Office is a part of the Hideaway Island Marine Sanctuary. This is one of the most unique post offices in the world as it lies 10 ft below sea level and you have to swim among fishes to get your mail posted. In operation since 2005, this post office has been an adventure, especially for divers and snorkelers. But do not worry, even if you can’t swim, there are designated divers who will drop your mail for you. There are special waterproof cards available at gift shops on land. Also, instead of ink, they use an embossed cancellation device. Check the timings before you dive into the water with your letter. 

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5. From the Land of Penguins, Antarctica

unique post offices- Port Lockroy
Penguins surrounding the Port Lockroy Post Office
Image Credit: Anton Rodionov

Send a letter from the world’s southernmost end! Yes, Antarctica’s Port Lockroy is one of the most unique post offices on our list this world Post Day 2023. A few postal clerks manage the small post office on a land with more than 3,000 penguins. Annually about 70,000 postcards are dispatched from here. It could take anywhere between 2 weeks to 1 year for your letter to reach its destination. India was the first one to build a post office here, at the scientific base of Dakshin Gangotri. 

6. Hoolehua Post Office, Hawaii

While on a vacation in Hawaii, you can not only mail your letters but also coconuts from the Hoolehua Post Office in Molokai, Hawaii. This post-a-nut facility allows visitors to pick a coconut, decorate it and mail it anywhere in the USA. It’s a fun gift to send someone via post. 

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These are 6 post offices in the most unusual parts of the world. This World Day 2023 post a letter to your loved ones to rekindle the fun of using the postal services to send letters. 

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