Title : Special Postage Stamp for Philatelic Week 
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Stamp Serial#
1110 
KPC#
C-796 
MICHEL#
1135 
StanGib#
1336 
Scott#
1142 
Date of Issue
10/24/1978 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
20 won 
Design
Painting of an Attractive Lady by Shin Yoon-bok 
Designer
Chun, Hee-Han 
Image Area
23mm x 33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communication, designating six days from October 24 through 29, 1978, as the Sixth Philatelic Week, will hold a national exhibition of postage stamps during that period for the encouragement and promotion of stamp collecting as a most remunerative and sound hobby among the general public.

Korea issued its first postage stamps in 1884, the 21st year of Emperor Kojong, follwing the inauguration of modern postal service. A total of 55 kinds of stamps were issued by the end of the Yi Dynasty, and stamps issued in Korea since its Liberation in 1945 total 1,110 kinds, bringing the grand total to postage stamps issued in this country up to 1,165 kinds.

Today, the number of stamp collectors throughout the world is estimated to exceed 50 million by far, and there are more than 300,000 Koreans who enjoy collecting postage stamps. Philatelic organizations numbering 2,500 are scattered throuhgout the Republic of Korea.

A special postage stamp is to be issued by the Ministry of Communications in observance of the Sixth Philatelic Week, with a painting of an attractive lady by renowned genre painter Shin Yoon-bok(1758-?) of the latter Yi Dynasty as its design.

The painting of a standing lady, drawn on a sheet of silk in light coloring, measures 114.5cm in length and 45.8cm in width and is presently preserved at Kansong Museum of Arts in Seoul.

A pure-hearted and younger-looking lady clad in a very refined way smiles graciously, showing off her glossy hair. Her snow-white hands are holding a traditional decoration of handicraft with three ornamental balls of quartz. A purple hair-ribbon hanging down leftwards and her crescent-shaped eyebrows, lengthy and slender, along with the fluffy hair behind the ears-all these add to the fresh and enchanting beauty of this lady in portrait.