Title : PHILATELIC WEEK SPECIAL  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
1930 
KPC#
C-1464 
MICHEL#
1954 
StanGib#
2261 
Scott#
1923 
Date of Issue
11/18/1997 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
A Hollyhock and a Frog, a picture on the seventh piece of Shin Samidang's Ch'och'ungdo-P'algokbyung 
Designer
Lee, Hye-ock 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
November 18, 1884, marked the launching of modern postal services in Korea and the issuance of Korea's first postage stamp, called Moon-wi, with the historic opening of the Postal Services Bureau. The Ministry of Information and Communication has therefore designated the week of November 18 as Philately Week and has planned a variety of events such as the issuance of commemorative stamps and the national Postage Stamp Exhibition.

This year, the Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a commemorative stamp featuring "A Hollyhock and a Frog", from the seventh section of Lady Shin Saimdang's Ch'soch'ungdo-P'algokbyung (a painting of grass and insects on an eight-section folding screen) . The folding screen has been used as the material for Philately Week Special stamps since 1993.

Lady Shin's paintings feature a plant in the center of each section and arrangement of insects such as butterflies, bees, grasshoppers, and long-horned beetles or animals such as frogs, lizards and mice on the ground or in the spaces near the plant. The subjects are then rendered with characteristically feminine attention to detail and an uncommon realism and vivid coloring.

The National Postage Stamp Exhibition has exhibited philatelic works selected from among the winning works of the preliminary contests held by each regional postal administration. About 450 philatelic works will be displayed at the Korea Exhibition Center from November 18 through 23 this year. Enthusiasts will be able to take classes at the exhibition on stamp-collecting, and there will be an autograph session with postage stamp designers, a get-together day for philatelists to foster mutual friendship. The National Stamp Exhibition will serve as a forum for everyone to share valuable philatelic information.

The Ministry of Information and Communication of Information and Communication will double its efforts to meet the expectations of philatelists and spread and stimulate interest in philately through development of diverse materials on stamps, enhancement of the standards of stamps, and development and publicity activities.