Title : Postage Stamps of Folk Painting, Series (5th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1194 
KPC#
C-856 
MICHEL#
1219 
StanGib#
1453 
Scott#
1212a 
Date of Issue
11/10/1980 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
30 won 
Design
A Picture of Ten Long-life Symbols 
Designer
Lee Keun-Moon 
Image Area
36mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
45 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
Folk painting is one of the thematic subjects of the postage stamps for this year. The aesthetic consciousness and popular emotion of a people are often easily to be found in their folk paintings. Thus, the purpose for having designated our folk paintings for a subject of postage stamps is to promote a better understanding, among people at home and aboard, of our popular emotion and aesthetic consciousness that have long been dominant in the Korean hearts, giving uniqueness to our art and culture.

The Ministry of Communications has already issued four selections out the five planned for this year, and this is the last of the series.
A Picture of Ten Long-Life Symbols.
Long life was one of the favorite themes that our ancestors used for painting pictures. This is understandable because desire for a long healthy life is universal. The ten symbols of long life were: sun, cloud, water, rock, sea, deer, tortoise, crane, pine, and "herb of eternal youth". A "long-life picture" is a picture which depicts some or all of the symbols.

This worship of long-life symbols is believed to be an ideological combination of our ancestor's Nature worship and China's taoism. It is evident from a poem about "log-life pictures" on a folding screen, written by Lee Sak, a scholar of the Koryeo Dynasty, that these pictures found their place of folding screens as early as the Koryeo Dynasty. "Long-life picture" screens were used for decoration especially at a party for celebration of one's 60th birthday or 60th anniversary of one's wedding.

This particular picture contain animals and plants in pairs and thus gives an atmosphere of happiness.