Title:  2013 New Year's Greeting
( View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
2893- 2894
N-89, &
Date of Issue
(S/S 170,000 sheets).
270 won
(S/S 540 won)  
"The snake in the snow, Jaegichagi"  
Park, Eun-kyung  
Image Area
23mm x 33mm, 26mm x 36mm 
Sheet Composition
5 x 2 + 5 x 2 
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors (photostorage stamp) 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
The year 2013 is the year of the snake.

From ancient times, the perception of the snake has been ambivalent. On the one hand, the snake has been admired as a clean, wise animal with a tenacious hold on life. On the other hand, the snake has been shunned as a gross and vicious animal. In an agricultural society, the snake, due to its characteristics of giving birth to a lot of eggs, has been the symbol of fecundity and thus considered a harbinger of abundance and wealth. The snake has been seen as the guardian of the souls of the dead and of the afterlife. It has also been regarded as the symbol of an immortal being that enjoys eternal life.

This is the reason the "Hyeonmu" (the turtle snake, a mythical beast regarded as the guardian of the northern sky) shown in the mural of ancient graves has been considered sanctified. It is hoped that the year 2013 will be a year of abundance and health, just like the snake, the symbol of prosperity and immortality.

Issued since 2001, with the stamp featuring the horse, the “New Year’s Greetings” stamps featuring the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac have been issued for 12 years, thus completing a cycle of the series this year. These 12 "New Year’s Greetings" stamps have expressed those 12 animals symbolizing each year in a fun and cute image, by using photostorage ink for the first time in Korea. The "New Year’s Greetings" stamp for this year consists of two stamps: the "snake" stamp and the "Jaegichagi" stamp that features "Jaegichagi," one of the folk games played on New Year's Day. In the "New Year’s Greetings" stamp for this year, glow-in-the dark ink was applied to the snake’s body shown as white and the snow particles (in the "snake" stamp), the snow particles (in the "Jaegichagi" stamp), and the three snakes and the snow particles (in the souvenir sheet).