Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP (10 won)
Stamp Serial#
1137 
KPC#
291 
MICHEL#
1162 
StanGib#
1367 
Scott#
1090 
Date of Issue
05/31/1979 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
10 won 
Design
Manchurian Crane 
Designer
Chun Hee-han 
Image Area
19mmí┐22mm 
Perforation
13.5*12.5 
Sheet Composition
10í┐10 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications is issuing a postage stamp, along the border of which a color frame is printed, for the mechanization of mail service work. Along the border of this stamp a green frame, 1mm in width, is printed, with the same design of the Manchurian Crane, Grus japonensis, Oct. 10, 1973, and has been in populer use ever since. We will be simply changing the base color from blue into light green.

The Manchurian Crane, which once in the past was widely distributed throughout Northeast Asia, including such areas as China, Manchuria, Mongolia, Siberia, Japan and Korea, is now found only, in the neighborhood of Lake Khanka of Siberia and in the swampland of Kushiro and Nemuro in Hokkaido, Japan. It winters in the northeastern region of China, Japan and Korea. It is about 1360mm long, and is white, as a whole, with black lores, thoat and neck, and black secondaries which droop beyond the tail when on the ground, and form a prominent black trailing edge to the inner wing in flight. The red forehead is visible only at a very close range. Resident in open rice-fields, marshes and estuaries, it is an uncommon winter visitor and a passage migrant. Four areas in Korea, including Yeonhi-dong in Inchon City and the vicinity of the Freedom Village and Panmunjeom near the Demilitarized Zone, have become the wintering grounds for the Machurian Crane, migrating to Korea. The wintering population of the Manchurian Crane is estimated to be 120-150. Having been designated as Natural Monument No. 202, the bird is under special protection.