Title : Postage Stamps in the Nature Conservation Series
(4th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1153 
KPC#
C-807 
MICHEL#
1178 
StanGib#
1408 
Scott#
1155 
Date of Issue
11/25/1979 
Quantity
5,000,000 
Denomination
20 won 
Design
Maeng-ggong-I(Rain Frog) 
Designer
Ahn Seung-kyung 
Image Area
23mmí┐33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The people of Korea, as any other people, are well aware that nature is the very source of human live, and the provider of their daily life.

In the hope that the current nationwide campaign for nature conservation will be carried out successfully, the Ministry of Communications has selected ten kinds of animals and plants (five each of flora and fauna), that are nearing extinction to be depicted in Postage Stamps that are being issued this year. The purpose of these Stamps is to publicize the need for preserving these rare species. The following two Stamps are the seventh and eighth stamps of this series, the 4th Issue:
1. Maeng-ggong-I (Rain Frog).
About 200 species in the World in the family, Micro-hylidae, which includes rain frogs. Rain frogs inhabit mostly the tropical region, including Central America, Africa, and Southern Asia. There is only one species in Korea. The rain frog is generally small in size and has a head as wide as its body. The dorsal side of the body is blueish yellow. They usually hide in the rank weeds on the border of rice paddies or ponds and lay eggs during the rainy season of early June. At this time we can enjoy their loud rhythmical croaking, a lamenting song of nature.

2. Gorancho(Asian Polypody).
The "gorancho", or Asian polypody, is a tiny evergreen fern growing on shaded rocks. Its fronds strethch from creeping horizontal rhizomes. Its Korean name "gorancho" originated from the Goran temple by the Baekma River flowing through southern Korea. But it grows also by the side of the Hanthan River to the north. It is found is Japan, the Likiu islands, Taiwan, mainland China and Machuria, in areas where there is sufficient humidity.