Title: Fable Series (1st Issue)
Girl (Kong-ji) and Stepmother (Pat-ji) 
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Has No Title
Stamp Serial#
640 
KPC#
C-385 
MICHEL#
669 
StanGib#
809 
Scott#
664 
Date of Issue
09/01/1969 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
5 won 
Design
Stepmother (Pat-ji), admonishing Kong-ji 
Designer
Chun Hee-han 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż10 
Paper
Granite paper; unwatermarked
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
Very few Korean stamps issued in the past had designs such as that were attractive and of particular interest to the children. Mindful of this default, the Ministry of Communications plans to issue a fairy tale stamp series, the first in its kind in the history of the Korean stamp, with an aim to reproduce the charms of the old-time tales in stamps and thereby cultivate the esthetic mind of the children, who will shoulder the destiny of the nation toward prosperity.

This stamp series will be issued in the five parts with each part coming every two months featuring four scenes from each of the tales, "Kongji and Patji," "a Hare`s Liver," "the Sun and the Moon," "a Fairy and Woodcutter," and "Hungbu and Nolbu."

The stamp issues are scheduled as follows: the first part, "Kongji and Patji" on September 1; the second part, "a Hare`s Liver" on November 1; the third part, "the Sun and the Moon" on January 5, the next year; the fourth, "a Fairy and a Woodcutter" on March 5; the finish and last, "Hungbu and Nolbu."

The Kongji and Patji is a story written exclusively in Hankul, the Korean alphabet, presumed to be a product of the latter half of the 18th century when the popular literature began to emerge for the first time in this country, but the exact time of the writing and the author of the story are unknown today. The story tells of a good girl who is maltreated by her ill-natured step-mother and step-syster, accomplishes menial work ordered by her mother with the aid of toads, cows and sparrows and eventually marriges a prince.

The Ministry of Communications issues this fairy tale stamp series in a hope to intrigue the interests of stamp collectors and children in the Korean stamp and to promote the philatelic activities.