Title : Korean BEAUTY SERIES (2ND Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1698 
KPC#
C-1294 
MICHEL#
1722 
StanGib#
2009 
Scott#
1664 
Date of Issue
09/21/1992 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
100Won 
Design
Daeamjak Norigai 
Designer
Won, In-jae 
Image Area
22*32 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 20 (4*5) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
As the living standard of people improves economically and the society modernizes, retaining one's traditional culture is getting more difficult. The Korean traditional recreations such as Punmulgoot are quickly disappearing from the modern times. The performance of National folk music such as Pansori(Korean traditional opera) is also becoming more difficult to see these days. In attempt to reawaken people's awareness of these traditonal cultures, the Ministry of Communications has been issuing °Korean Beauty Series Stamps. This time, the Ministry issues the second of the series, consisting of Korean Pendent Trinket, made of "Maedeup" (knots).

There are approximately thirty different kinds of "Maedeups". They can be used as an accessory for the Korean traditional woman's costume (Hanbok), and as an ornament for warriors' battle armour. They can also be used as decorations for interior designs, carriages used for processions, fans and in ceremonies for Korean traditional schools and temples. As you can see above, the functions for "Maedeup" are very diverse, and its rarity along with its beauty is something that Korea has been very proud of.

The true beauty of Korean artworks can be found in its precise shape and balance as well as their harmony with the surroundings. Especially in the Hanbok traditional costume, the upper part of the "Maedeup" which is called the "Norigae" (women's pendent), matches with the short length of "Jogori" which is the top part of the Hanbok.

The "sool" is made to match with the length of the long skirt. This accentuates the beauty of the Hanbok retaining the order and the harmony. Also in connection with the symmetry of nature, the symmetical shape of Maedeup makes us have the most natural and the most artificial feelings for it.