Title : SPECIAL POSTAGE STAMPS FOR KOREAN FOLKWAYS  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
1359 
KPC#
C-1009 
MICHEL#
1384 
StanGib#
1635 
Scott#
1382d 
Date of Issue
09/01/1984 
Quantity
4,500,000 
Denomination
70 won 
Design
Bride 
Designer
KIM, Kyo-man 
Image Area
52mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4Ąż5 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
The Korea Mint Corporation 
Description
The Ministry of Communicaions seizes the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of modern postal service, to issue four kinds of special Korean folkways postage stamps in order to let some of our unique folkways be known throughout the world. The subject of the stamps is "Wedding", painted by Prof. Kim Kyo-man of Seoul National University.

The traditional Korean phrase for a man's getting married is "change-ganda" which literally means "The grooms going to the bride" home, for their wedding ceremony. This custom is rare in patriarcial societies, where the wedding ceremony is customarily held at the groom's house.

After the ceremony at the bride's home, the newly-married couple come to the groom's home, the bride in a sedan chair and the groom on a horse. The bride, now joining her husband's family, usually had a mixture of feelings of happiness and fear.

From then until she had her own children, the only person she could hope to depend on for her life was her husband, usually younger than herself.

The paintings on these stamps, with their geometric lines, depict one aspect of our ancestors wedding custom in a humorous and modern way.