Title : Braille Postage Stamp (Definitive)
Stamp Serial#
1969 
KPC#
392A 
MICHEL#
1997 
StanGib#
Not listed 
Scott#
1844 
Date of Issue
10/15/1998 
Quantity
10,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Australian Curlew 
Designer
Kim, Im-yong 
Image Area
26mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10*10 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
Visually-impaired people around the world celebrate "White Cane Day", every year on October 15. In observance of this meaningful day, the Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a braille postage stamp, with letters raised while keeping the "Australian Curlew" design on the existing 170-won definitive postage stamp.

The white cane is used by visually handicapped persons around the world as a guide when walking in unfamiliar areas. It was first formally adopted in France during World War I, enabling blind people there to move about safely and efficiently. In 1980, the World Blind Union formally adopted the white cane as its symbol and declarde October 15 as "International White Cane Day". Roughly 17 million people are visually impaired worldwide, including 220 thousand in Korea. The visually impaired bravely seek to lead normal lives despite their challenging circumstances. Although we cannot actually restore sight to blind people, we can make a difference in their lives by helping them to see the world around them. "White Cane Day" is a perfect time to help our visually impaired neighbors see the beauty of the world we share.

'10. 15', which stands for White Cane Day, is printed on the new braille stamp, issued now for the first time in Korea, the braille stamp spells good news for both the visually impaired and stamp collectors throughout Korea.