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Date of Issue : 2021.12.17
Types : 1
Denomination : 500 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3561
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Size of Stamp : 22×25
: 10 × 10
Image Area : 22×23.5
Paper : Definitive Postage Stamps
Perforation : 13
Printer : KOMSCO
Designer : Ryu,Ji-hyeong
Quantity : null
Korea Post issued newly designed definitive postage stamps following the recent postage rate hike (KRW 430, KRW 520, KRW 2530), and subsequently issued definitive postage stamps in three monetary units (KRW 10, KRW 50, KRW 100). Korea Post is issuing two additional types of newly designed definitive postage stamps in two additional monetary units (KRW 500, KRW 1000). On the KRW 500 stamp is the mountain hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida Bunge) a small deciduous tree belonging to the rose family. Mountain hawthorn (Korean: sansa; lit. “mountain hawthorn”) is a northern tree species that primarily grows in cold climates, such as eastern and northern China and Russian Far East, and it is almost evenly distributed all throughout Korea’s Baekdudaegan Mountain Range. It buds and white flowers bloom around May to June, and it bears red round fruits (sansaja) with a diameter of 1 to 2 cm in October, which has long been used to make alcohol and food, such as rice cake (tteok) and confectionery (jeonggwa), due to the tart yet sweet flavor. Hawthorn has long been used as food and herbal medicine since ancient times. If you remove the seeds from the hawthorn fruit, and add cinnamon powder and glutinous rice powder to boil it into a thick gruel, then drink it with honey, it is effective for diarrhea and acute stomach aches. Sansa tea made of hawthorn fruits and leaves is also known to be effective in treating atopic dermatitis. In addition, its hard and elastic wood is widely used for wooden furniture such as desks, and tableware. On the KRW 1,000 stamp is Hangeul, the Korean writing system created by King Sejong, the 4th king of the Joseon dynasty. Before the advent of Hangeul, Koreans communicated using difficult Chinese characters, leading to not just inconvenience but also injustice due to the illiteracy rate of the general public. Finding this deplorable, King Sejong created consonants based on the patterns made by the human speech organs, and invented vowels to represent heaven, earth, and humanity. Words could now be formed by combining the consonants and vowels, leading to the birth of a writing system that anyone can easily learn. Despite the opposition from the noble class at the time, King Sejong continued his research with the scholars of the royal research institute Jiphyeonjeon, and published the Hunminjeongeum (1446), which translates into “The Correct/Proper Sounds for the Instruction of the People.” Hangeul is the only writing system in the world with a known founder and promulgation date. It has come to the fore throughout the world due to its recognized value as a systematic writing system created for anyone to easily learn.