Title: Traditional Culture Special (1st Issue) 
Stamp Serial#
2316 
KPC#
C-1788 
MICHEL#
2343 
StanGib#
2693 
Scott#
2119b 
Date of Issue
03/19/2003 
Quantity
800,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Mokhwa (wooden shoes)  
Engraver
Shin, Hyun-tae 
Designer
Kim, So-jeong
Kim, Chang-hwan (Photography) 
Image Area
35mm x 35mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 4
(four stamps setenant) 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Intaglio, two colors
(Octagonal stamp) 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The special stamps on "Traditional Korean Culture" are issued to demonstrate the wisdom and aesthetic sensitivity of our ancestors by showcasing articles used everyday by them. Introduced in the first of the series are footwear worn for both protection and adornment. The materials and types of shoes varied widely according to gender, social status, occupation and attendant attire.

Mokhwa (wooden shoes)
Mokhwa, footwear with a long ankle covering, was usually worn with official uniforms. The soles of the shoes were made of wood and covered with leather. The ankle covering was made with black cloth and covered with fur, leather, cotton flannel or silk. The seams were lined with colored cloth. These shoes resembling semi-boots are worn by bridegrooms even today during traditional wedding ceremonies.