Title : Traditional Culture Special (6th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2391
KPC#
C-1857 
StanGib#
2772 
Scott#
2151b 
Date of Issue
08/20/2004
Quantity
560,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Bamboo Hat 
Engraving
Lee, Pil-woo and
Shin, In-chul 
Designer
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-shaped stamp) 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The sixth and last edition of the "Traditional Culture Special" features different types of traditional hats that were used according to the people's social status and ceremonial occasions. People wore these hats for the sake of protection and ornamentation. Integrating practical, ornamental, and symbolic meaning, traditional hats worn at the time evolved into a variety of types. Those illustrated on the stamps currently belong to the National Folk Museum of Korea.

Bamboo Hat:
Made of loosely-woven bamboo fibers, these hats were worn by laborers, peddlers, butchers and others at the bottom of the social ladder. On the other hand, black horsehair hats were recognized as the symbol of the upper class during the early Joseon Dynasty. Additionally, the principal mourners would wear the bamboo hats on top of hempen hoods when they went outdoors during the mourning period. Also, people wore them on rainy days as well. Laborers wore black bamboo hats, and peddlers wore hats with fist-size cotton balls on it.