Title: Traditional Culture Special (1st Issue) 
Stamp Serial#
2317 
KPC#
C-1789 
MICHEL#
2344 
StanGib#
2694 
Scott#
2119c 
Date of Issue
03/19/2003 
Quantity
800,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Jipsin (straw 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.

Jipsin (straw shoes)
Made with straws, Jipsin is also called Bigu or Chohye. These shoes with a long history were the most popular shoes worn by commoners. Jipsin was worn during long journeys, field work and on a daily basis. The tip of the shoes was short, coarsely woven with thick outer rims, usually 26 to 30 in number. Jipsin was also made with hemp, cord twisted with hemp, rushes and bulrushes.