Title:  PHILAKOREA 2014 World Stamp Exhibition

Stamp Serial#
Date of Issue
600,000 each.
1,930 won, 3,000 won 
Arirang, Arariyo. 
Roh Jung-hwa 
Image Area
44mm X 25mm 
Sheet Composition
4 X 4 
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Offset, four colors. 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
PHILAKOREA 2014 celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Postal Service of Korea is the fourth exhibition of its kind held in the country. Commencing in 1984 the exhibition marked the centenary of the Korean Postal Service, and followed again in 1994 and 2002. This exhibition will be jointly hosted by Korea Post of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the Philatelic Federation of Korea, with the patronage of the FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) and under the auspices of the FIAP (Federation of Inter-Asian Philately). The FIP is a federation of all the national philatelic federations in the world and currently has 91 members. During this exhibition the FIP Congress will take place.

PHILAKOREA 2014 will display 545 stamp exhibits and more than 200,000 stamps submitted from 68 countries. Showcased in the exhibition will be the "Pavilion of Invited Overseas Stamps" to display valuable, rare and world famous stamps such as "the Inverted Jenny". Also on display are the "Pavilion of the 130th anniversary of the Korean Postal Service" and the "Future Stamp Pavilion" where visitors can see the past, present and future of the post office. There will be various programs such as a musical, a display of world postboxes and a journey to the world with stamps, all of which will provide an opportunity for visitors to understand the history and culture of the world.

PHILAKOEA 2014 commemorative stamps feature "Arirang," a lyrical folk song of Korea designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012. As the representative folk song enjoyed by the Korean race, Arirang is a song in various forms which always consists of the refrain "Arirang, arariyo." For the first time, this PHILAKOREA 2014 commemorative stamp is printed on the traditional Korean paper, Hanji. The unique texture of Hanji adds a flavor of Korea. Image Recognition Technology was applied to the PHILAKOREA 2014 commemorative stamps. When each stamp is viewed via a smart phone or tablet PC, a short film about Arirang can be appreciated. PHILAKOREA 2014 World Stamp Exhibition will be held in Hall A, COEX from August 7 to 12, 2014.