Title : Postage Stamp of Stone Pagoda Series (2nd Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1093 
KPC#
C-775 
MICHEL#
1118 
StanGib#
1319 
Scott#
1121 
Date of Issue
05/20/1978 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
20 won 
Design
Stone Pagoda at Punhwang-sa Temple 
Designer
Kim, Sung SIL 
Image Area
33mmí┐23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing and Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
For the purpose of widely publicizing the traditional culture and wisdom of the people of Korea, at the same time imbuing the people's mind with the spirit of loving cultural properities, the Ministry of Communication has selected 10 outstanding items of stone pagoda, designated as national treasures, as the themes of a series of postage stamps depicting historic stone pogodas to be issued this year on five occasions. The following two have been chosen for the second of the series:
1. Stone Pagoda at Punhwang-sa (Temple).
National Treasure No 30, this pagoda, located in Gyeongju City, is the oldest of all exsiting stone pagodas of the Silla period. It was built in the 3rd year of Queen Seondeok (634A. D.) of the Silla Dynasty. It is 9.3 meters high. Another plate of granite is laid on the center of the base stone to help support the tower. And grayish-green rocks, cut into the shape of bricks, are piled up on the base for the formation of the body of the tower, presenting an outward look of a brick tower. Along each of the four sides of the 1st storey, sanctuaries are built with grantite, at both sides of which are inserted grantite blocks. One can note the sculptural characteristics of the Three-Kingdom period from the images carved on those blocks. The pagoda is supposed to have been built originally in seven stories, although only three stories remain at present. At the four corners of the base are seen stone lions.

2. Stone Pagoda at the site of Mirak-sa (Temple).
National Treasure No 11, this pagoda is supposed to have been built toward the end of the Baikje Dynasty (early in the 7th century, A.D) and is located at the site of Miruk-sa (Temple) in Iksan-gun(county), Jolla-bukddo Province . Originally a square, muti-storied stone pagoda, this is the largest of its kind exsiting in Korea. Althought the pagoda has been conserved up to part of the 6th story, measuring 14.24 meters in height, it is conjectured to have been built as a 7-story tower, and must have amounted to 20 meters in height originally, when the decoration at its top is taken into account. Doors are set up on the four sides of the 1st story. The pagoda was patterned after a wooden Pagoda in terms of construction mode, and when viewed from a distance it looks like a wooden one. From this pagoda, one can see one of the oldest models of stone-pagoda construction.