Following a visit to Australia by President Lee Myung-bak in March 2009, this year has been declared a Year of Friendship between Australia and South Korea to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The 2011 Year of Friendship builds on the professional, community and institutional links between Australia and Korea to enhance mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill. It also helps to project a well-informed, contemporary image of Australia in Korea.

60c Haegeum musician
This stamp features a woman shown playing a haegeum, a traditional Korean musical instrument. This two-stringed vertical instrument dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).

$1.65 Didgeridoo musician
The didgeridoo is a wind instrument that originated in northern Australia at least 1,500 years ago. It is composed of a eucalyptus hardwood branch hollowed out by termites over time.

Issue highlights
Korea Post will issue its stamp designs on 28 October 2011. Two postmark dates will be a feature of the joint products.

The large stamp pack includes a Quick Response (QR) code for use with your smartphone. By scanning the QR code you can access a short online film, of a haegeum musician.

Technical details Issue date: 31 October 2011 Issue withdrawal date: 30 April 2012 FDI withdrawal date: 28 November 2011 Denominations: 1 x 60c, 1 x $1.65 Stamp illustration: Brian Clifton Australian stamp design: Jo Mure Korean stamp design: Jae-Yong Shin, Korea Post Australian product design: Jo Mure Printer: McKellar Renown Printing process: Lithography Stamp size: 30mm x 40mm Sheetlet size: 175mm x 114mm Perforations: 13.3 x 13 Sheet layout: Modules of 40 – 2 x 20 National postmark: Canberra, ACT 2600