Title:  Korea - Hong Kong, China Joint Issue
Stamp Serial#
2656 
KPC#
C-2085 
Scott#
2299b ssm 
Date of Issue
11/06/2008 
Quantity
850,000 
Denomination
250 won 
Design
Big Head Buddha Mask in Southern Lion Dance (Hong Kong, China) 
Designer
Freeman LAU (Hong Kong, China) 
Image Area
30mm x 40mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 2 + 2 
Paper
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The Korea Post jointly issues a set of stamps with Hongkong Post under the subject of traditional masks. These stamps will allow people to enjoy Korea and Hong Kong's unique masks and jovial mask dances.

Korea's mask - Chwibari mask seen in Bongsan Mask Dance Drama
Having been performed since approximately 200 years ago, mainly as part of the Dano festival, Bongsan Mask Dance Drama is representative of Hwanghae province and its dance movements are cheerful and vigorous. Bongsan Mask Dance Drama is composed of 7 segments: Sasangjwa dance, Palmokjung dance, Sadang dance, Nojang dance, Saja (lion) dance, Yangban (nobleman) dance and Miyal dance. Featuring decadent monks, ruined yangban, his servants, shaman and ordinary folks, this dance conveys the message of "promoting virtue and rejecting vice" through lighthearted satire of the meager lives of ordinary folks contrasted with the Yangban/ self-indulgent monks. The stamp features the scene of the Bongsan Mask Dance where Chwibari is hugging his child and of the Saja dance. In Bongsan Mask Dance, the lion is the entity sent by Buddha to chastise the wickedness of the human world.

Hong Kong's mask - Big Head Buddha mask seen in the Lion Dance of the Southern area
Big Head Buddha appears mostly when a new year commences. There are various stories about the origin of Big Head Buddha, but mostly, it appears with lions. According to the legend, the lion was a spiritual animal in Buddhism, and it seeks deeper enlightenment about Buddha's teachings. Holding a fan made of palm tree leaves in one hand, Big Head Buddha hits the lionís head with this fan whenever the lion strays in concentration and leads the lion to the state of enlightenment. He also elevates the festive atmosphere by leading, through funny acts, the lion to make various gestures that are known to bring about good luck and rich harvest.