Title: New Year's Greetings Stamp 
( View Souvenir Sheet)
6
Stamp Serial#
2831 
KPC#
N-88 
Scott#
LINN's=2375
Date of Issue
12/01/2011 
Quantity
1,400,000 stamps
Denomination
270 won 
Design
The dragon crisscrossing the sky
Designer
Park, Eun-kyeong 
Image Area
23mm x 33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors
(photostorage stamp) 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description

The year of 2012 is the year of the dragon.

Being a creature of legends, the dragon is described to have an immense body of a snake, the horns of a deer, the ear of a cow, scaly skin, and four legs. Since ancient times, the dragon has been associated to greatness, thus symbolizing royal authority or the throne. Almost everything associated with kings was preceded by the prefix of "yong" (dragon) such as Yongan (king's face), Gollyongpo (king's ceremonial attire), Yongsang (the low wooden bench on which the King sat), etc.

In addition, the dragon has been positioned as an auspicious symbol in our everyday life: a dream of forthcoming conception that involves a dragon led to the expectation of the baby growing up to be a great man; farmers worshipped the dragon as the god of water that governs the success of their harvest; fishermen worshipped the dragon as the Dragon King that governs the sea.

A new year's greeting stamp is issued in commemoration of the Year of the Dragon, in the hope that just like the dragon that soars vigorously into the sky with the cintamani in its mouth, the year 2012 will be a year full of hopes for everyone. The New Year's greetings stamps have been printed with photostorage ink since 2001. This year, the dragon's body and the pearl-white snowflakes in the stamp are also printed using photostorage ink and glow in the dark.