Title : Definitive Postage Stamp(1000won)
Stamp Serial#
1889 
KPC#
386 
MICHEL#
1913 
StanGib#
Not listed 
Scott#
1855 
Date of Issue
12/16/1996 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
1000 won 
Design
Stone Guardian Animal(National Treasure No.162) 
Designer
Lee Gi-seong 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*10 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The Ministry of Information and Communication has decided to change the design of the 1000won definitive postage stamp which currently features "Two Duck-shaped Earthenware Vessels". This stamp was first issued on November 25, 1983, and it will now be replaced by a new 1000 won definitive postage stamp featuring "Soksu" (Stone Guardian Animal). In addition to replacing the old design with a new and fresh image, this change is part of the ministry's efforts to promote more widespred interest in philately.

"Soksu" is a stone carving of an animal which was placed in front of tombs since the Han Dynasty of China, to chase off evil spirits or inside to stand guard.

The earliest known stone carving of an animal in Korea is the "Soksu" dating from the Paekche period, excavated from the Tomb of King Muryong. This carving, made of tuff, was found placed at the center of the entrance of the tomb leading to the coffin, facing toward outside. With a height of 30 cm, length of 47.3 cm, and width of 22cm, this "Soksu" has an open stubby mouth, a straight nose without any holes on it, indicating nostrils, and eyes and ears on both sides of the nose. The legs are short, and no toes or claws can be seen. The right hind leg had already been broken off when the Soksu was found. On the head, there was a rusty steel horn which looked like a tree branch. It was broken off while the "Soksu" was being moved outside, but it later was restored to its original form. This stone carving was designated as National Treasure No. 162 and is currently kept in the National Kongju Museum.

This new stamp is being issued by the Ministry of Infomation and Communication as part of a regular change in definitive stamp designs to update and enliven the images of Korean stamps and to promote interest in traditional culture by showing the world the unique and valuable objects of Korea's cultural heritage.