Title: Folklore Series (1st Issue
Masks 
(View Souvenir Sheet)
Has No Title
Stamp Serial#
544 
KPC#
C-304 
MICHEL#
574 
StanGib#
686 
Scott#
553 
Date of Issue
03/15/1967 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
5 won 
Design
San-dee mask and dancers 
Designer
Kang Choon-whan 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
1312 
Sheet Composition
510 
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.

Sandi Masque Dance: The mask depicted in the 5 Won stamp is Chuybali, one of the characters appearing in Sandi mask dancing that had been played in Kyonggi Province area during the Lee Dynasty. Sandi mask dancing is classified into Bon-Sandi and Byol-Sandi. The former used to be played on national holidays, festival days such as Buddha's Birthday in April, Dan-o festival in May and Moon festival in August, or on ritual prayers for rain, while the latter, which is still seen performed in old Yangju town was played all the year round regardless of time. Sandi mask dancing, chiefly a combination of music, dancing and rarely dialogues too, often runs over 10 hours without using any stage settings or aids and touches the commoner's revolt against the privileged class and the superficial morality privilege of the Yi Dynasty.