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Date of Issue : 2022.09.15
Types : 2
Denomination : 430 won
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Stamp No. : 3615
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Size of Stamp : 30.6 × 38
: 4 × 4
Image Area : 29.1 × 36.5
Paper : null
Perforation : 13 × 13¼
Printer : POSA
Designer : Ryu,Ji-hyeong
Quantity : null
Traditional Korean games reflect the life and customs of local communities, and they have been passed down in various forms depending on local characteristics, people who play them, and how to play them. According to old literature, Korea has seen folk game festivals held in villages across the country since the third century. Among the many folk games such as yut nori, ssireum, and seokjeon, Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp series Traditional Korean Games featuring hwalssogi (archery) and tuho (pitch-pot), which have been enjoyed by Koreans over a considerable course of time. Hwalssogi (archery) has been continuously practiced in Korea from ancient times to the present. Since ancient times, archery served as a means to procure food as well as a weapon of defense against foreign enemies. The murals of Deokheung-ri Tomb from Goguryeo and Volume 30 of the Book of Wei (Records of the Three Kingdoms) show that archery has long existed since the Three Kingdoms period of Korea. In general, on a sunny day in the third lunar month, archers chose sides to shoot with bow and arrow, and spectators gathered to support the archers. Archery is a physical activity that welcomes anyone to take part and this folk game offers fun not only for archers but also for viewers who support and cheer for the game. As you have to focus solely on your target, it helps to cultivate your mind, and as you also have to repeatedly pull the bowstring, it builds your arms, chest, and shoulder muscles as well as your core strength. Tuho (pitch-pot) is a traditional game that requires players to throw arrows from a set distance into a canister. Tuho boasts a long history, as recorded in the Volume 30 of the Book of Wei (Records of the Three Kingdoms), which is testament to its provenance dating as far as the Baekje and Goguryeo dynasties. Tuho was mainly played by the monarchy and noble families. In this game, the team throwing more arrows into the pot, or the ears of the pot, wins and it was enjoyed not only by men but also by women of noble families who were often required to remain indoors. Today, it is widely available in places like royal palaces and folk villages. Tuho is a game that helps to develop judgment, concentration, and patience as you have to pinpoint the target as accurately as possible and throw arrows one by one. Although traditional Korean games were partially banned or forgotten during the Japanese occupation and industrialization, they continued to evolve in various ways over thousands of years. The commemorative stamps portray innocent children dressed in pretty hanbok enjoying hwalssogi and tuho. We hope this commemorative stamp series serves as an opportunity to explore and experience a wide variety of traditional Korean games to preserve Korean culture as well as the legacy of our ancestors for future generations.