Title: Definitive Stamp (5 won)
The 1st Photo-Gravure Printing Series
Has No Title
Stamp Serial#
633 
KPC#
255 
MICHEL#
654 
StanGib#
786 
Scott#
637 
Date of Issue
07/01/1969 
Quantity
5,000,000 
Denomination
5 won 
Design
Stone temple lamp 
Designer
Kang choon-whan 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
1313 
Sheet Composition
1010 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications will issue on July 1 a five-won denomination postage stamp, a third photo-gravure stamp, featuring a stone lamp stand, an antique work of late eighth century which is designated as national cultural treasure No. 103.

In the old days, this sort of lamp stands used to be erected in Buddhist temples to light up the courtyard for Buddhist services but strangely enough they are very rarely found in other Buddhist countries like Japan and China but in Korea where still many beautifully sculptured lamp stands are preserved.

The theme of the stamp, this stone lamp stand, is 2.5meter high, made of granite with two rampant lions propping an actagonal stone lamp by their mouth and forelegs, mounted on a lotus-shaped stone laid on an octagonal stone base. This is regarded as one of the most excellent work of the Sylla dynasty for the well-balanced beauty and perfect reproduction of lions full of life in sculpture. This work illustrates the magnificence and splendor of the art works and the culture of the Sylla dynasty.