Title : KOREAN BEAUTY SERIES(1st Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1666 
KPC#
C-1268 
MICHEL#
1690 
StanGib#
1971 
Scott#
1660 
Date of Issue
10/26/1991 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
100 won 
Design
The Hall of Jakyung within the Kyungbok Palace and it's Kottam Pattern (Wall) 
Designer
Lee Woo-tae 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 20(4*5) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The Ministry of Commnucations issues a series of postage stamps under the theme of the "Beauty of Korea". Each part of this series will feature national artifacts, traditional culture, and living style of Korean people, or scenary. This time, the Ministry of Communications issues four kinds of postage delineating the elegant "Kottam pattern".

Traditionally for landscaping the garden, Koreans designed "kottams", chimneys, and terraces with patterns symbolizing good wishes and arranged them in appropriate sizes and heights so that they would blend in with the surroundings.

Kottam refers to walls decorated with various patterns. In literature, it is often called "heomyun-byuk", "heobyuhwa-jang", "hwamoon-jang", or "youngrong-jang".

Kottam pattern used as decorations for aesthetic purposes, also has meanings of long life, good health, good fortune, protection agaist evil spirits, etc. Of the remaining kottam patterns, the Hall of Jakyung within the Kyungbok Palace is most widely known for its outer wall, which is decorated with the four gracious plants, peony blossoms, lotus flowers, yin and yang, grid, and letter patterns.