Title : KOREAN BEAUTY SERIES (6TH Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1883 
KPC#
C-1432 
MICHEL#
1907 
StanGib#
2220 
Scott#
1785 
Date of Issue
11/01/1996 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
150 won 
Design
Yopnang 
Designer
Na Je-o 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
For the past 5 years, the Ministry of Information and Communication has been issuing a series of stamps which provides the world a glimpse of Korea's rich cultural heritage, folk customs, and unique scenic beauty. The sixth collection of four stamps features the traditional pouch, one of the most representative items of all Korean ornaments.

Serving both practical and aesthetic purposes, there are many types of pouches, and they are classified according to shape, decoration, and purpose. The Kwijumoni or jumch is angular in shape, and the durujumoni or yopang is round. Some popular pouches are covered with gold leaf (kum-bak-jumoni), and some embroidered(su-jumoni). Traditional pouches also have special names depending on their purpose: hyang-nang (incense pounch), yak-nang (medicine pouch), pil-nang (brunch pounch), sujeo-jip (spoon pounch), angyong-jip (eye glass pounch), ssam-ji (tobacco pounch), and dojang-jumoni (personal seal pouch).

The Obang-nang or five-direction pounch, signified the four directions (north, south, east, and west), and the center. Symbolizing each of these five elements according to Chinese cosmogony, both sides of the pounch are divided into five parts, each of which is embroidered in one of five colors (blue, red, white, black, or orange). The pounch also has a pair of tassels which are light-green, purplish-red, pink, and yellow. On the first "Swine Day" of the New Year, children of Ministers of State were given this pouch with fried soybean wrapped in red paper inside to prevent any undue misfortune from befalling them during the year.

The most commonly used pouch was the Yopnang. The opening of the pounch is pleated, and a string is threaded along each side. The one featured here is a Pong-hwang-nang, or Chinese phoenix pounch, which was worn only by the queen of Korea as part of her court attire. This black silk satin pouch has exquisite and colorful gold thread embroidery of the Chinese phoenix. The opening of pouches used by commoners had triangular pleats, but the Pong-hwang-nang had hexagonal pleats, which were a symbol of the dignity and power of the royal family.

The Kwi-jumoni, or angular pounch, is designed in the same way for both men and women. Those parts of the pounch which wear out the most quickly (the corners and lower part of the center) are covered with extra pieces of fabric which are saddle along the edges. The Ship-jang-saeng-nang (a pounch showing of ten entities which were thought to be everlasting) featured on this stamp is a restoration of the sukwi-jumoni (embroidered angular pounch)made for Princess Pokon, the second daughter of King Sunjo of the Choson Dynasty. It was given to her on her wedding day to wish her good luck in life.

The Chin-ju-nang, or pearl pounch, was worn by queens and princesses of Korea as an accessory to their court attire along with their three-tiered pendant trinkets. It is a most exquisite piece with its lavishly inlaid shining mung bean-sized pearls and gold threads embroidered onto the fine red cloth. Inside the pouch is finely chopped and powdered incense, which pays a glimpse into the opulent life style of the ladies of old Korea.The pearl pouch featured in this stamp was given to Yunbi, wife of Emperor Sunjong, by her father-in-law, Emperor Kojong of the "Great Han Empire", on her wedding day.