Title : Millenium Series (3rd Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2039 
KPC#
C-1554 
MICHEL#
2067 
StanGib#
2376 
Scott#
1971c 
Date of Issue
01/03/2000 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
170Won 
Design
Kwanggaet'o(Big Expander of Domain)the Great 
Designer
Lee, Hye-Ock 
Image Area
34mm*36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5 stamps
in Special Sheet 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
Landmark events and individuals from Ancient Choson to Shilla period were selected for the third collection of the millennial stamp series.

Korean history is said to have begun with the foundation of Ancient Choson by Tangun, the mythical progenitor of the Korean people, in the region that stretched from the Liao River basin in Manchuria to the northwestern part of the Korean peninsula. After that, Koguryo's King Kwanggaet'o vigorously added vast territories to the kingdom through conquest, extending it to its farthest northward point in Korean history, while Shilla's Chang Po-go held sway over vital sea lanes, used for commercial trade in Northeast Asia, from his strong millitary base at Ch'onghae-jin, stretching his power far out across the sea. This enterprising spirit of Korean people is well illustrated in the Koguryo murals depicting Korean wrestling scenes on the walls of the Tomb of the Korean Wrestlers as well as in the hwarang spirit of Shilla's heroes like Kwanch'ang and Kim Yu-sin, who cultivated their bodies and minds and sacrificed their lives for their country.

This collection of stamps features "Samguk yusa" (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), which contains records about the Ancient Choson, and Ch'amsong-dan, an alter believed to have been erected by Tangun; the wall painting of the Korean wrestling scene in the Tomb of the Korean Wrestlers from Koguryo; the portrait of King Kwanggaet'o and bronze bowls with the insciption of Ulmyo Howoo that were excavated from the Howoo-ch'ong Tomb, erected as a tribute to the accomlishments of King Kwanggaet'o; Chinese characters carved in the year of Imsin, making an oath of loyalty to the country on a rock that is believed to have been engraved by "hwarang", the elite young corps of Shilla; the "Five Secular Injunctions", honored by the hwarang members; and Chang po-go, who established a maritime kingdom by dominating Shilla's coastal waters.

A millennium logo in the shape of a clock is arranged side by side with these new stamps, issued in sheets of five stamps each.