Title : Traditional Culture Special (4th Issue) 
Stamp Serial#
2341 
KPC#
C-1808 
MICHEL#
2368 
StanGib#
2720 
Scott#
2122a 
Date of Issue
09/25/2003 
Quantity
800,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
"Gujok-ban" (a table) 
Engraver
Shin, In-chul and Ka, Sung-hyeon 
Designer
Roh, Jung-hwa and Mo Ji-won  
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
A special stamp on traditional Korean culture has been issued to demonstrate the wisdom and aesthetic sensitivity of our ancestors by showcasing utensils they used in their daily lives. Introduced in the fourth series is soban, a small portable wooden dining table. The soban featured in the stamps are preserved at Ewha Womans University Museum.

Gujok-ban - 19th century.
Gujok-ban is a table with legs bent inward like those of dogs. The top of this round, dog-legged table is made of zelkova wood sculpted with the Chinese character ?, denoting longevity, as well as Cheondo, a mystical peach that is said to grow in Heaven, and a crane, another symbol of longevity. These symbols were applied with thin black lacquer while the edges were painted with reddish lacquer to highlight the symbols. The thick legs of the table without any embellishment gives an impression of masculinity. Gujok-ban, characterized by its functionality, is a unique handicraft enhanced with mother-of-pearl inlay.