Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP (70 Won)
Stamp Serial#
1805 
KPC#
363 
MICHEL#
1829 
StanGib#
2030 
Scott#
1716 
Date of Issue
03/15/1995 
Quantity
To be Issued as required 
Denomination
70 won 
Design
Chinese Lantern
Physalis alkekengi L.var.franchetti(Mast.)Hort.) 
Designer
Kim Im-yong 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13*12 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 100 (10*10) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
In 1992,the Minstry of Information drew up a master plan for redesigning of definitive postage stamps to replace the former ones, which had been in use for a long time. According to this plan, the Ministry has scrapped the former design, "Chomsongdae astronomical observatory", National Treasure No,31) which has been used since March 15, 1983, and chosen the "Chinese Lantern" as the subject of the new 70 won definitive postage stamp.

The Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi L.var.franchetti(Mast.)Hort.) is a perennial plant that grows in Korea, China and Japan. This 40 to 90cm-tall plan has oval-shaped, irregularly serrated leaves. The light-yellow flowers are in bloom, the calyx grows to a length of 4 to 5cm and assumes an egg shape surrounding the berry. Upon ripening, this calyx turns red and the berry is spherical shape with a diameter of about 1.5cm. When the berry finally ripens and turns red, children take out all of the contents inside including the seeds through a hole at the top and use it as a whistle. Futhermore, the roots and berries themselves are known to have medical value.

The Ministry of information has redesigned and issued these definitive postage stamp on a regular basis in hopes that it would upgrade the image of Korean postage stamps and advance philatelic culture.