Title : NEW YEAR'S GREETINGS  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
1932 
KPC#
N-74 
MICHEL#
1956 
StanGib#
2264 
Scott#
1925 
Date of Issue
12/01/1997 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
A folk painting 'A Magpie and a Tiger' 
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
1998 is the Year of the Tiger, the third of 12 images of the Chinese zodiac. Two New Year's Greeting Stamps featuring the tiger are being issued for its commemoration.

As recently as the early twentieth century, tigers were found in all parts of Korea, from the Changbaek Mountains in the North, to the Taebaek Mountains in the East, and to Mokp'o in the Southwest. The species is now very rare and officially on the endangered list. The animal is a nocturnal animal that leads a solitary life. Male and female tigers meet only when they mate during December and January. Before mating, male tigers fight fierce battles for the females. The gestation period for tigers is 105 to 113 days. The cubs are born in litters of two to four. Once they become seven to nine months old, their mother begins to teach them how to hunt prey. They remain with the mother until they are able to kill prey for themselves, when they are in their second year and nearly full grown.

According to ancient Korean customs, a bride would ride a palanquin covered with a blanket with a picture of tiger, women wore trinkets with tiger claws, and military officers used to wear coronets adorned with tiger whiskers and breast badges embroidered with tigers. Men of high office and wealth would sit on tiger-skin cushions, these served as talismans invoking the bravery and dignity of the tiger. During the Choson dynasty, pictures of tigers were put on the gates or every corner of the royal court and private residences at the beginning of the first month of the lunar calendar in order to ward off evil.

The New Year's Greeting Postage Stamps feature "A graphic design with a tiger motif", and "A folk painting featuring a magpie and a tiger".