Joint Issue:The 20th Anniversary of Korea-Slovakia Diplomatic Relations
The year 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Slovakia. In celebration and commemoration of this 20th anniversary, Korea Post and its Slovak counterpart are issuing a set of joint stamps featuring the two countries Performance arts Korea’s Pansori and Slovakia’s Lucnica. Pansori Epic Chant is an oral performance technique where a singer (sorikkun) sings a song composed of a story (chang), words (aniri) and body language (neoreumsae) to the tune of the drummer (gosu). As indicated by its name Pansori which means the song sung at the scene of a spree bustling with many spectators, a Pansori is complete when the singer and the audience are joined together. UNESCO recognized Pansori’s uniqueness and designated it as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Lucnica has a 65-year-old tradition. Known around the world as the representative culture of Slovakia (Czechoslovakia before 1993), Lucnica is divided largely into three different parts: dance ensemble, chorus, and orchestra. Especially, the dance ensemble shows dynamic and energetic dances of various kinds such as the womens dance, mens dance, and couples dance.
Date of Issue:31 May 2013,Design:Pansori Epic Chant,Lucnica,Printing process :Photogravure,Colors:6,Perforation:13,Size:40 mm x30mm,Printer:Korea Miniting and Security Printing Corporation ,Designer:PARK Eun-Kyung
Joint Issue:130th Anniversary of Korea-Germany Diplomatic Relations
The year 2013 is a meaningful year that marks the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Germany through the Treaty of Peace, Commerce and Navigation between Korea and Germany signed on November 26, 1883. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the dispatch to Germany of Korea’s 18,000 mine workers and nurses, which started from 1963. The two countries have, for as long as 130 years, maintained active exchanges in diverse areas such as politics, economy, culture and social arenas. In celebration and commemoration of this 130th anniversary, a set of joint stamps is issued featuring Korea’s Hyangwonjeong Pavilion in Gyeongbokgung Palace and Germanys the Temple of Sun in Bayreuth. Hyangwonjeong Pavilion in Gyeongbokgung Palace The Joseon Dynasty built Gyeongbokgung, a new palace in Seoul in 1395, right after founding of the dynasty. In 1873, King Gojong had Geoncheonggung Palace built in Gyeongbokgung. In front of Geoncheonggung, a pond was dug, an island was created, and a pentagon-shaped 2-story pavilion was built. This is Hyangwonjeong, which means the Pavilion of Far-Reaching Fragrance.
Date of Issue:5 June 2013,Design: Hyangwonjeong Pavilion in Gyeongbokgung Palace,Denomination:270 won , Printing process :Offset,Colors:5,Perforation:13,Size:41 mm x22mm,Printer:Korea Miniting and Security Printing Corporation ,Designer: SHIN Jaeyong
To remind us of the importance of energy conservation at a time when the entire world is facing an unprecedented energy crisis, Korea Post held an International Postage Stamp Design Contest under the theme of Energy Conservation and issued special stamps featuring the 4 works that won the grand and gold prizes in the youth and general category. “Green industry” by Ng Hio Wai (Macao, China), the grand prize winner in the general category, expresses, through the image of green leaves, not pollutants, rising from the factory chimneys, the message of: “through energy conservation, let’s reduce pollutant emissions.” “Riding a bicycle” by Kim Eun-jeong (Korea) is the gold prize winner in the general category. Employing the images of the green earth and a wreath made of sprouts, this work expresses the message that the use of bicycles instead of cars can turn the earth we live on into a beautiful environment surrounded with green forests and flowers, which will in turn keep us healthy. “Keeping icebergs alive” by Yu Jae-gyeol (Korea), the grand prize winner in the youth category, conveys a message on the vicious cycle of the air conditioners and electric fans we use to avoid the heat spewing out another heat, which leads to the meltdown of the icebergs in the polar region. “Unplugging” by Kim A-ram (Korea), the gold prize winner in the youth category expresses the message that we can put energy conservation into practice by the mere act of unplugging, in a funny way that employs the images of a socket shape, smiling face and the shape of “ⓔ” which symbolizes electricity. Now is the time for the global village to put energy conservation into practice for its very survival. For the Korean people in particular, whose country is the world’s no.9 energy consumer and which depends on imports for 96% of its energy needs, energy conservation is no longer an option but a must.
Date of Issue:26 June 2013,Design: Keeping icebergs alive, Riding a bicycle, Green industry, Un,Denomination:270 won , Printing process :Photogravure ,Colors:6,Perforation:13,Size:34 mm x36 mm,Printer:Korea Miniting and Security Printing Corporation ,Designer: ROH Junghwa