Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP (440won)
Stamp Serial#
1711 
KPC#
358 
MICHEL#
1735 
StanGib#
2043 
Scott#
1594 
Date of Issue
03/22/1993 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
440Won 
Design
Hahoital(the Traditional Mask of HahoI village) and Ssirum Wrestling) 
Designer
Chun Hee-han 
Image Area
22mm*19mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 100(10*10) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
New airmail postage stamps are being issued under the themes of traditional Korean folk art, crafts and games, including drums and the drum dance; and "Hahoital" (the traditional mask of Hahoi village) and "Ssirum" (Korean wrestling).

Records show that the traditional drums have been used since the Three Kingdoms Period (B.C.1st-A.D.7th Century). There are more than 20 different kinds of traditional Drums used in Drum Dances; "Pansori" (a kind of traditional music), and "Nong-ak" (Korea's traditional farmers musical band). The Drum Dance itself, is often performed along with "Nong-ak", a Buddhist ritual.

The "Hahoital", which is designated as National Treasure No.121, is a wooden mask. Ten different types of "Hahoital" of 11 masks have been passed on. These masks served as both sacred and artistic ones, and are estimated to have been made during the 11th and 12th century, which also marks the period during which the Koryo Celadon known as "Chongja" flourished.

Ssirum, although a test of strength, kindled friendship between the players through close physical contact. Along with the "Gunoi" (a swing), for it is one of the main folklore games Koreans enjoy on the traditional "Dan-oh" holiday (May 5 by the lunar calendar).

The Ministry of Communications issues these airmail postage stamps as a starting point for international friendships, in hopes that these traditional Korean scenes will spread the peace, and art-loving spirit of Korea throughout the world.