Title:  Definitive Stamp (2,000 won)
6
Stamp Serial#
2676 
KPC#
453 
Scott#
LSN= 2198
Date of Issue
05/25/2009 
Quantity
1,500,000
continue to be
issued as required
Denomination
2,000 won 
Design
Geumdongdaetap (Gilt-bronze pagoda) 
Designer
Yi, Gi-seog 
Image Area
23mm×33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10 × 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, five colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
According to the periodic replacement of definitive postage stamp, the "Gold Crown" stamp, which has been in use since November 1, 1991, will be replaced by the "Geumdongdaetap (Gilt-bronze pagoda)" stamp from May 25, 2009.

With the main body of the tower laid on a wide foundation, the Gilt-bronze pagoda imparts an impression of magnificence and stability. It is more an object of craftwork than as a general tower. Compared to typical metal towers which are 20~30 cm high, this pagoda is quite high at 155cm. Since it appears that some layers of the body of the tower and some of the decorations on the top are missing, the pagoda appears to have been much bigger originally than its form shows now. Even though almost all of its gold foil have peeled away, the pagoda is, overall, relatively well preserved, thus serving as valuable material in the study of the style of stone pagodas and wooden buildings during the Goryeo Dynasty. Created in the early days of the Goryeo Dynasty, this pagoda is now housed in the Ho-Am Art Museum. The foundation of the pagoda is 63cm x 63cm, with the pagoda itself designated as National Treasure No. 213.

In the new stamp, the letters "KOREA" are printed in optically variable ink on the left side of the background to the pagoda. These letters become visible when the stamp is tilted. And at the bottom part of the pagoda, the minute letters, "()KOREA POST," are inserted in both Korean and English. These elements designed to prevent counterfeit or forgery are expected to become a unique source of enjoyment for all stamp users and collectors.