Title: Dangun Wanggeom Special Stamp 
Stamp Serial#
2626 
KPC#
C-2055 
Scott#
2284d 
Date of Issue
07/10/2008 
Quantity
450,000 
Denomination
250 won 
Design
Dangun Wanggeom who founded Gojoseon 
Painter
Kim, Dong-seong 
Designer
Kim, So-jeong 
Image Area
30mm x 40mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 2 + 4 
Paper
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
To enhance the historical consciousness of our people’s identity and roots, a new stamp is issued featuring the story of Dangun Wanggeom, the precursor of our nation and of his founding of Gojoseon, the first kingdom of Korea. According to "Samgukyusa" (the historic chronology of the Three Kingdoms written by the Venerable Ilyeon), the legend goes as follows:

A long, long time ago, Hwanin, the Lord of Heaven, had a son Hwanung, who yearned to live on earth and rule the human world. After reading his son's intent, Hwanin looked down at earth and found that the Samwi-Taebaek mountain region looked advantageous to the human beings. So, Hwanin gave Hwanung three Cheonbuin (heavenly seals) and 3,000 followers and had them descend onto the human world.

Hwanung descended onto Sindansu (God altar tree) at the ridge of Taebaek Mountain and called the place "Sinsi" (City of God). Along with his ministers of clouds, rain, and wind, he took charge of governing 360 affairs related to human beings such as grains, human life, diseases, punishment, good and evil, etc. At the time, a tiger and a bear who lived together in a cave prayed to Hwanung that they may become human. Upon hearing their prayers, Hwanung gave them 20 cloves of garlic and a bundle of mugwort, ordering them to eat only this sacred food and remain out of the sunlight for 100 days. The tiger was restless and couldn't bear to remain in the cave for so long to become a human. However, the bear followed the rules eating only the allowed food and was transformed into a woman in three weeks (21 days).

With no one to marry, the bear-woman (Ungnyeo) prayed beneath Sindansu to be blessed with a child. Hwanung, moved by her prayer, turned into a man for a while and took her as his wife. She gave birth to a son, who was named Dangun Wanggeom. He grew up and established Gojoseon, selecting Asadal as its capital.

Established in 2333 BC, Gojoseon lasted for about 2,200 years, developing its unique culture represented by mandolin-shaped daggers, dolmens, comb-pattern earthenware, etc.