Title : The Centenary of Korea's Admission to the Universal Postal Union (UPU)
Stamp Serial#
2042 
KPC#
C-1557 
MICHEL#
2070 
StanGib#
2373 
Scott#
2013 
Date of Issue
01/03/2000 
Quantity
2,200,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
The UPU symbol mark and Korea's postal history 
Designer
Park, Eun-kyung 
Image Area
26mm*26mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Corporation 
Description
The year 2000 marks the centennial of Korea's admission to the UPU.

The UPU was created on Octeber 9, 1874 with the goals of forming a single global postal territory for the reciprocal exchange of letter-post items, guaranteeing freedom of transit throuhout the entire world, and pursuing standardization in postal servies.

In 1894 Korea moved toward joining the UPU and providing international postal delivery service by launching its modern postal service. Korea was admitted as a full-fledged member on January 1, 1900 follwing the completion of its application procedures for membership in the Universal Postal Congress held in Washington D.C. in 1897, Korea was elected to serve as a member of the Executive and Liaison Committee in the 20th Universal Postal Congrees held in Washington D.C. in 1989.

The nation was also honored by hosting the 21st Universal Postal Congress in the COEX, Seoul, for 24 days from August 22 to September 14, 1994 and carrying out the chairmanship of the Council of Administration (CA) and the Postal Operations Council (POC) in the 22nd Universal Postal Congress held in Beijing, China in 1999. In that position, Korea will be able to enhance the prestige of its postal service in the world arena by playing an active role in the coordination and supervision of establishment of the main agenda for the following Congress.

In celebration of the historic centennial of Korea's UPU membership, which also coincides with the new millennium, the Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a new commemorative stamp featuring the UPU symbol mark and Korea's postal history.