Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP (30 Won)
Stamp Serial#
1188 
KPC#
293 
MICHEL#
1213 
StanGib#
1370 
Scott#
1221 
Date of Issue
09/10/1980 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
30 won 
Design
Taegeuk-gi 
Designer
Lee Boo-yeol 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10Ąż10 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications has decided to seek a more systematic issuance of definitive stamps by dividing them into three classes-high-priced, middle-priced, and low-priced stamps-each of which will have its thematic aim of design fixed for five years. As a result, those stamp designs that are unsuitable for their face values will gradually be replaced with new designs by July, 1981.

By depicting the "Taegeuk-gi", the Korean national flag, this stamp follows the newly-given thematic aim of the low-priced stamp design, the inspiration of patriotsm. It replaces the current 30-won definitie stamp depicting the honeybee.

The Taegeuk-gi was first designed and used in 1882 by Diplomatic Envoy Park Young-hyo aboard a ship on his way to Japan. In 1883 it was formally adopted and proclaimed as the Korean national flag. With the center circle divided into red and blue, and black bars surrounding the circle at the four courners of the field, the design of the flag is intended to symbolize the principle of creation of the universe, originating from the principles of old Chinese philosophy contained in the Book of Changes. The divided circle symbolizes the dual principle of the positive and the negative. The Red signifies the Sun and Nobility, and the Blue the Male and Hope.

With this thematic aim of design, the Ministry of Communications intends to remind ourselves of the meanings of our national flag and stimulate intense patriotism in the heart of our people.