Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMPS (710won)
Stamp Serial#
1715 
KPC#
359 
MICHEL#
1739 
StanGib#
2046a 
Scott#
1594B 
Date of Issue
04/29/1993 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
710Won 
Design
King Sejong and Preface of Huminchong-um(Hangul-Korean Alphabet) 
Designer
Won In-jae 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13.5*12.5 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 100(10*10) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
In Accordance with change of the postal charges on Feb. 10, 1993, we issue two kinds of definitive postage stamps whose face values are 160 Won and 710 Won; the former for non-standardized basic letter, and the later for the registered mail.

"Chong-I-Pum-Song", the pine tree designated as the National Monument No.103, is chosen for the design of the 160 Won definitive postage stamp in order to express the Korean upright spirit. This pine tree, which stands on the path to Popchusa temple located in Mt. Songnisan, Poun-gun, Chungchongbuk-do, is 15m high and about 570 years old. Legends say that when King Sejo (r.1455-1468) was visiting Popchusa temple, this pine tree held up its branches and allowed the king's palanquin to pass below, and so King Sejo nominated this tree as an Official, "Chong-I-Pum", which is equivalent to a Minister rank.

King Sejong (r.1418-1450) and the "Preface of Hunminchong-um", the mother of the Korean Alphabet, "Hangul", are chosen together as the design for the 710 Won definitive postage stamp. King Sejong is widely worshiped and respected as the great king through his achievements; the solidity of the foundation of Choson Kingdom, and the development of science and technology as well as the prosperity of the national culture. "Hunminchong-um", invented in 1443 and published three years later by King Sejong, is scientifically designed as phonetic alphabet so that all the people can learn and use it with ease, and may also write it both horizontally and vertically, at will.

The Ministry of Communications issues these definitive postage stamps in hopes of restoring our peoples spirit and the creativity that flourished in science during the early years of Choson Kingdom.