Title : Definitive Stamp: 190 won
Stamp Serial#
2403
KPC#
439 
StanGib#
2784 
Scott#
1991 
Date of Issue
11/01/2004
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Rose of Sharon;
(Hibiscus Syriacus)
Won-hwa
species;
1 blossom 
Designer
Kim, So-jeong 
Image Area
22mm x 25mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10 x 10 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, five colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
With the adjustment in fees for postal services, effective as of November 1, 2004, the Korea Post will newly issue 190-won definitives for postcards (up to 5g), 220-won definitives (5g - 25g), 240-won definitives (25g - 50g), 310-won definitives for non-standard mail (up to 50g), and 1,520-won definitives for registered mail (5g - 25g).

The four different types of definitive postage stamps illustrate the "Wonhwa" and the "Bulsae" among Korea's national flower, the Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus. There are over 200 different varieties of the Rose of Sharon. And when classified by the color of their flowers, the Rose of Sharon can be roughly categorized into Baedal (pure white), Baekdansim (white petals with a reddish center), Hongdansim (reddish petals and red at the center), Cheongdansim (blue petals and red at the center), Asadal (white petals with red patterns), introductory species, etc. The Rose of Sharon blossoms daily for around 100 days from July to September. Its flowers, in particular, bloom at dawn and fade at dusk, with around 20 to 30 blossoms of flowers blooming in a day. The Wonhwa of the Rose of Sharon is classified as Baekdansim and takes its name from the female Hwarang (youth elites who excelled in beauty, bravery and military arts during the Silla Dynasty [BC 57 - 935]), and the Bulsae of the Rose of Sharon is categorized as Hongdansim.