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Date of Issue : 2021.08.04
Types : 3
Denomination : 380 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3529
Printing Process
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Size of Stamp : 48 × 22.5
WholeSheet
Composition
: 3 × 5
Image Area : 48 × 22.5
Paper : null
Perforation : 13¼ × 13
Printer : POSA
Designer : Kim Mihwa
Quantity : null
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Various architectural structures of the Joseon dynasty, such as palaces, pavilions and seowons (neo-Confucian academies), show the essence of spatial beauty. Town walls in particular are facilities built to protect local town residents and administrative agencies, and the landscape of walled towns capture the life and culture of our ancestors. Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp Walled Town Sceneries featuring three of the most well-preserved and restored walled towns in Korea. Gochang Walled Town located in Gochang, Jeollabuk-do is also called Moyang Walled Town, named after its old name Moryangburi. It is famous for dapseong-nori where married women walk around the town walls with stones on their heads in a leap month of the lunar calendar, and is designated as Historic Site No. 145. Given the stonework techniques and inscriptions left in stones, it is estimated that the town walls were built in the late 16th century before the Imjin War with people mobilized from all across Jeolla-do. Walls 4 to 6 meter tall were built for 1,684 meters on a mountainous slope with three gates on the east, west and north, and two defense facilities, such as a barbican and water channel gates. Nagan Walled Town located in Nagan-myeon, Suncheon, Jeollanam-do was built on a flat ground whose construction began in the early Joseon dynasty, went through various repairs, and was completed by General Im Gyeong-eop while he served as the county head in 1626. Designated as Historic Site No. 302, Nagan Walled Town is a planned town with T-shaped roads ensconced in surrounding walls that stand 3 to 5 meters tall for 1,406 meters. The northern area of the road connecting the east and west gates is for the public use, while southern area is for the common people. There are three gates and bastions as well as a barbican and a moat around the walls. Inside the town walls are royal guest pavilions, government buildings, prisons, warehouses, lotus ponds, and laundry places, which are well-preserved and show what a typical walled town looked like during the Joseon dynasty. Haemi Walled Town located in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do started construction in 1418 and was completed 70 years later in 1491. Designated as Historic Site No. 116, Haemi Walled Town stands 5 meters tall for 1,800 meters, and served as a military base where the Chungcheong-do military headquarter was stationed. In 2014, Pope Francis visited this place, which is also known as a sacred place for Catholicism where 1,000 Catholics were executed, celebrated Mass, and garnered global attention. A historical park was recently built through a restoration project, which discovered and restored government sites in the walls. The commemorative stamp contains Jeolla-do Mujanghyeondo, a notable Joseon-era regional map, which allows you to have a glance at what walled towns looked like during the Joseon dynasty. We hope this commemorative stamp allows you to see the beauty of the top three walled towns in Korea and encourages you to visit the historic sites of these well-preserved walled towns.
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