Title : Definitive Postage Stamp for Family Planning (20 won)
Stamp Serial#
1092 
KPC#
285 
MICHEL#
1117 
StanGib#
1318 
Scott#
1092 
Date of Issue
05/01/1978 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
20Won 
Design
Mother Pigeon and Two Youngs 
Designer
Lee, Keun Moon 
Image Area
22mm19mm 
Perforation
1213 
Sheet Composition
1010 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing and Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
The area of our national territory, 98,824km., ranks 105th among all the nations of the world, whereas the population of our country ranks 21st as of the end of 1977, standing at 36,436,000, with population density as high as 9th. Every hour approximately 70 people are added to the population of Korea, or 1,600 people per day, 50,000 or about the size of Pyeongtaek, Eup (township)per month, and about 600,000 people, or the size of Gwangju City a year. This rate of births would result in a population of Chungchong-namdo Province, every five years, if unchecked.

Thus, the population of our country is getting ever more dense because of such a geometrical progression increase, whereas, the area of our national land remains the same. According to a statistical survey, it costs 4,360,00 won (one U.S. dollar is equal to about 500 won) to give a son or daughter a proper education up to college. When the expense for bringing up is added, a total of 12,740,000 won is needed per capita for raising and education. In other words, 50,000 won per month has to be spent per person for a period of 26 long years. Having too many children is bound to make the household living difficult, as expenditures for education increase accordingly. Giving birth also may be detrimental to the health of mother and child, at the same time.Therefore it is for the belief of every family and children and for the well-being of the nation itself "to stop at two regardless of son or daughter" and raise them well.

The government of the Republic of Korea has exerted itself, since 1961, to promote family planning at the cost of almost 20 billion won. As a result the population-increase rate, dropped down to 1.7 percent as of the end of 1976 as compared with 3 percent for 1960. The rate is still high, however, when compared to 1.0 percent prevalent among advanced countries.

The Ministry of Communication issues this definitive postage stamp in order to emphasize the necessity and importance of family planning to all the people, and have every family come to cooperate positively with the government in a common effort for birth control.