Title : Postage Stamps for New Year's Greetings 
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Stamp Serial#
1155 
KPC#
N-41 
MICHEL#
1180 
StanGib#
1410 
Scott#
1184 
Date of Issue
12/01/1979 
Quantity
6,000,000 
Denomination
20 won 
Design
Monkey (9th of 12 Earth's Branches) 
Designer
Lee Keun-Moon 
Image Area
23mmí┐33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
Now, we are on the threshold of the year of 1980, to greet the new year, full of hope and joy after having another eventful year. Around this time of every year, we busy ourselves preparing for the new year and reflecting on the various events that have taken place in the year just passing by. Also, we see beautiful scenes and customs of people renewing their mutal ties of friendship or kinship by exchanging greetings with friends and relatives, regardless of whether they live far away or nearby.

In the hope that all those who extend and receive joyous greetings for the New Year will become all the more happy and merry. The Ministry of Communications is issuing two kinds of Postage Stamps for New Year's greetings, one of which depicts as its theme one of the 12 figures representing the 12 Branches of the Earth, as inscribed in relief at the tomb of Gen. Kim Yu-shin of the Silla Dynasty. These 12 animal figures are considered as symbolizing each year in sequence: 1. Monkey (9TH of the 12 figures).
The New Year of 1980 is the year of the monkey, which comes next to the year of Sheep, 1979. Legend says that the signs of the Oriental zodiac were decided in accordance with the order of each animal's arrival to god to pay respect in every new year.

2. Game of Yut:
The game of Yut is a popular game played with 4 sticks (roundbacked and flat-faced) usually by two persons or parties. The sticks are thrown in the air and the score depends on how they land. The player moves his marker on a board according to the points he has made, and the player who first finishes four rounds of the board with all four of his markers becomes the winner.