Title : Millennium Series (5th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
Date of Issue
170 won 
The Japanse invasion 
Kwon, Myung-Kwang 
Image Area
34.5mm * 36mm 
°¢ 13 
Sheet Composition
5 stamps
in Special Sheet 
White unwatermarked
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
From 1999 to 2001, the Ministry of Information and Communication is in the process of issuing a millennial series of stamps in order to make the new millennium more memorable and significant by highlighting the accomplishments and cultural heritage of our forefathers. This fifth collection features "landmark events", and "important figures of the early Choson dynasty".

After bringing order to the turmoil attendant upon the decline of the Koryo dynasty, the Choson dynasty carried out major reforms that swept across society under the newly-adopted guiding political ideology of Neo­Confticianism. King Sejong created "hangul", the Korean alphabet. Called at that time, "hunminchongum" (the "proper sounds to instruct the people"), the new alphabet provided a monumental breakthrough in the promotion of Korean national culture. Subsequently. Yi Hwang (T’ oegye) and Yi I (Yulgok), two towering figures in the history of Korean philosophy, developed Neo-Confucianism into a truly Korean philosophy, firmly rooted in Korean culture. Lady Shin Saimdang, the mother of Yi Yulgok, has secured her niche in Korean history as a consummate paragon of Korean female virtue with her talents as a foremost calligrapher, painter, and poet. Choson’s gathering momentum in building this outstanding nation suffered a fatal blow from the Japanese invasion of 1592. But the strong fight put up by the naval forces, armed with the famed "turtle boats" under heroic leadership of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, and ubiquitous guerrilla forces, which were known as "righteous armies", drove back the Japanese invaders.

Featured on this collection of stamps are King Sejong, a hangul translation of his hunminchungum explications; and "Pictorial Vowels Representing the Eight Divination Signs"; Lady Shin Saimdang’s "Ch’ochung-do" (a painting of grass and insects) and a cursive calligraphic style; portraits of Yi Hwang and Yi I; Yi I’s "Kyukmong-yogyul" (Outline of Teaching Children) and "Tosan sowon" (Confucian academy) where tablets of Yi T’oegye are enshrined; the stone monument in the Left Cholla Province Naval Command Post commemorating the victory of a sea battle, a picture depicting a fleet of turtle boats defeating the invading Japanese navy vessels and a miniature model of a turtle boat; and Songp’a and Yangju mask-dance dramas.