The rounded horse pass was a certificate mainly carried by Amhaeng-eosa, royal undercover detectives who traveled across the Korean peninsula to monitor corrupt government officials. A famous romance novel titled "Chunhyangjeon" also depicts a story of the royal detective who convicts a corrupt official for forcing a lady to become his mistress. The number of horses engraved on the pass differs by the rank of the officer who is carrying it.
T-money card is a transportation card that is used like a debit card or pre-paid card in South Korea. It can be used for making payments at retail shops such as convenience stores and cinemas using a physical plastic card or mobile payment apps.
Korea Seven said in a statement that Mapae-shaped T-money cards will be released on July 20. The design of the card was inspired by the traditional transport pass used by government officials. "We hope the new product draws positive reactions from foreign tourists with its interesting design that reflects Korean cultural factors," Korea Seven official Oh Dong-geun said in a statement.
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