Title: New Year's Greetings - 2008 
( View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
2594 
KPC#
N-84 
Scott#
2267 ssm 
Date of Issue
11/30/2007 
Quantity
1,600,000 
Denomination
250 won 
Design
The rat in a snowy
background on New
Year's Day 
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
(photostorage ink) 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The year 2008 is Mujanyeon, the Year of the Rat.

Of the twelve zodiac animals, the rat is counted as the first. A very interesting tale explains the reason. Once upon a time, the great king of the sky proposed that the animal that arrives first at heaven's gate on January first on the lunar calendar will be awarded a special standing. On New Year's day, the animals scurried to heaven's gate, and the cow who is diligent was the first to arrive. But, the rat, which arrived riding on the cow's back jumped down and quickly entered to become the first to go through the gate. Shown by this tale, the Korean people perceive the rat as a very clever, nimble and agile animal.

From a long time ago, the rat has been thought of as a very spiritual and intelligent animal that can sense disaster or danger in advance. As a prolific, hard-working animal that works his way out of difficulties, the rat has also been regarded as a symbol of abundance, property, and wealth.

It is hoped that in 2008, we will all work hard just like the rat, the symbol of diligence and wealth, to reap abundant fruit. The stamp is printed with photostorage ink and the rat and snow flakes sparkle in the dark.