Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP (5,000 won)
Stamp Serial#
1332 
KPC#
311 
MICHEL#
1357 
StanGib#
1389 
Scott#
1201 
Date of Issue
12/01/1983 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
5000 won 
Design
Tiger 
Designer
Kim sung-sil 
Image Area
26mm*38mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż4 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The Ministry of Communications issues a new kind of definitive postage stamp of five-thousand-won denomination to be conveniently used for overseas parcel post. The issuance of a large denomination stamp has been necessitated by the extension of the weight limit to overseas parcels.

The new stamp, which depicts a tiger in the style of Korean folk painting, is the product of an effort to improve the stamp quality by means of a combination of lithographic and intaglio printing, the first such attempt that has been made to print postage stamps.

The tiger is seen to frequently in Korean traditional arts such as painting, handicraft and sculpture, that it is almost symbolic of Korea. This phenomenon is believed to be due to the fact the animal used to inhabit this land for a long time, impressing the human inhabitants with its mighty strength. The tiger depicted in Korean arts is, however, quite different from a real tiger. The merciful look of the former reflects the innocence and humaneness of our ancestors. Tigers are frequently depicted together with magpies, and this is believed to be rooted in shamanism. The patterns on the tiger changed from original stripes to checkered, and then to schematized patterns.