Title: New Year's Greetings 
(View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
2469 
KPC#
N-82 
Scott#
2212 
Date of Issue
12/01/2005 
Quantity
1,600,000 
Denomination
220 won 
Design
A puppy jumping in snow 
Designer
Park Eun-kyung 
Image Area
23mm x 33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors
(printed in photostorage ink) 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The year 2006 is the Year of the Dog, or "Byeongsul" year.

"Man's best friends" are known to be docile, clever, obedient, courageous and alert.

From ancient times, our ancestors raised dogs for their roles not only to protect their homes and help with the hunting, but also to ward off bad luck and safeguard the happiness of the household. According to "Dongguksesigi", which means "the stories of the new year of the eastern country," our ancestors put paintings of unicorn-lion, chicken, dog, and tiger in various corners of their houses. The paintings of dogs were also posted in granaries as dogs are known to keep thieves at bay.

In addition to such customs, anecdotes about dogs, handed down orally, reflect our consideration of dogs as a loyal and courageous animal. For instance, a Sapsal dog, an indigenous, shaggy breed, was burned to death while trying to save its owner, who was in a drunken stupor, from a fire by relieving itself on the flames to put them out. Another story tells of a Jindo dog that found its way back to its previous owner, after having been sold to a new owner in a distant town.

To commemorate the year of the dog, the postage stamp features a puppy jumping in snow. The stamp was printed with photostorage ink, which absorbs lights and emit them in the dark. The puppy and the snow in the top left of the stamp glow in the dark.