Title : Celebrated Mountains of Korea Series (1st Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2401
KPC#
C-1867 
StanGib#
2782 
Scott#
2157a 
Date of Issue
10/18/2004
Quantity
560,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Obaegnahan
(500 Buddhist Disciples) 
Photography
Kim, Chang-hwan 
Designer
Park, Eun-kyung 
Image Area
37mm x 27mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, four colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
"Oh, how beautiful are the mountains that erupt from this Earth of ours," sings the poet, Sin Seok-jeong. Numerous celebrated mountains are found in Korea, as two thirds of its land surface is comprised of mountainous areas. To introduce the majesty and beauty of Korean mountains, the Korea Post will issue the "Celebrated Mountains of Korea Series" during the next five years, and the first stamps of the series portray the breathtaking views of Mt. Halla-san.

From the center of Jeju-do Island, the range of Mt. Halla-san stretches from east to west, with a steep southern portion and its northern part sloping gently. With whinstone widely covering the area, the highest mountain (1,950m above sea level) in South Korea is a dormant volcano and extends around 14.4km from east to west, and 9.8km from north to south, with its total area adding up to 153.386?.

Obaegnahan (500 Buddhist Disciples);
Obaegnahan signifies 500 saints who have gained the ultimate realization of Buddhism and, thus, are deemed worthy to be respected and receive offerings of food. It also refers to the Byeongpung (folding screen) Rocks, or what is better known as the Yeongsil (Valley of Taoist Hermits) Rocks which can be found along the hiking course of Mt. Halla-san. The grand and solemn view created by some 500 stone pillars standing side by side and stretching towards the skies will surely hypnotize the viewers to feel as if they were actually confronting the actual 500 Buddhist saints.