Title: Folklore Series (1st Issue)
Masks 
(View Souvenir Sheet)
Has No Title
Stamp Serial#
543 
KPC#
C-303 
MICHEL#
573 
StanGib#
685 
Scott#
552 
Date of Issue
03/15/1967 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
4 won 
Design
Ok-wang-dae clown and mask 
Designer
Kang Choon-whan 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
1312 
Sheet Composition
105 
Paper
Granite paper; unwatermarked
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications will issue a series of folklore stamps this year in order to promote the Korean folklore cultures at home and abroad. The theme of the first issue of this series is the mask, one of the most interesting form of our folklores.

The mask dancing has its origin in the ancient Shilla Dynasty and was performed by the common people as religious rite or as plays for amusement.

Ok-wang-dae Masquerade: The 4 Won stamp features Mal-too-ki, one of the five-clowns (Okwangdae), of Tongyong city. The Okwangdae is a folk mask dancing that has been traditionally inherited in South Kyongsang Province and it is known to have orginated from the "Great Clown"(Dae-Kwangdae) that was once prevalent in Bamma-ri, Chokye, Hapchon-Kun. As to the origin, no further detail is revealed. Today, Okwangdae continues existing only in Choonmu city whose old name was Tongyong. Okwangdae, now in existence as a form of mask dancing, is composed of five act scenes but is believed to be widely different from its original since the plot of every act totally lacks consistency in context.