Title : Definitive Postage Stamp (1,000 won)
Stamp Serial#
1104 
KPC#
281 
MICHEL#
1129 
StanGib#
1069f 
Scott#
1103 
Date of Issue
09/20/1978 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
1,000 won 
Design
Flying Angels on Bronze Bell of Sangwon-sa Temple 
Designer
Chun, Hee-Han 
Image Area
23mmí┐33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
As the industrial structure of our country keeps improving, along with the rapid increase in exports, the volume of international mail continues to expand, with the size of each mail item also becoming bigger. Thus, the Ministry of Communications is issuing a 1,000-Won postage stamp, with the image of flying angels carved in relief on the surface of the Bronze Bell of Sangwon-sa (Temple) as its design, as much inconvenience has been felt even with the use of the 500-Won stamp, the one with the highest face value in Korea at present.

Image of Flying Angels Carved on Bronze Bell of Sangwon-sa (Temple):
Molded in 725 A. D., during the Unified Silla Dynasty, this bronze bell, measuring 1.6m in height and 91cm in mouth diameter, is designated as National Treasure No.36. Having been preserved at Sangwon-as (Temple), in Kangwon-do Province, the beautiful bronze bell is the oldest one existing in Korea.

The image of flying angels sculptured in relief on the surface of the bell in an exquisite and elaborate sulptural work, depicting two angels flying high over the clouds, one playing the traditional Korean version on harp, while the other is blowing the flute. The heavenly clothes floating high in the sky, and the necklaces worn by the angels are indeed unparalleled in beauty and grace, with the figures of body and hands being extremly realistic and delicate.

The refined and subtle techniques of carving were capable of depicting expressly even the thinnest lines, attesting to the eminent skills of the times.