Title : Public Secondary School Centennial
Stamp Serial#
2091 
KPC#
C-1602 
MICHEL#
2118 
StanGib#
2427 
Scott#
2034 
Date of Issue
10/02/2000 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
170 Won 
Design
Article One of the Middle School Regulations, Education Ordinance and the Former Kyunggi High School Building at Hwa-dong 
Designer
Kim, So-jeong 
Image Area
48mm * 19mm 
Perforation
°˘ 13 
Sheet Composition
4 * 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
In the course of carrying out the Gabo reforms a little more than 100 years ago, the Chosan dynasty keenly felt the need for a modern education system to enlighten the Korean people. Accordingly, King Kojong, on February 2, 1895, issued an edict upholding education as one of the pillars of the nation, noting that the nation’s future prosperity depended on the education of its people. The ensuing years witnessed elementary and other schools sprouting up in great numbers, in line with the royal edict. Following in the spirit of this edict, the king went on to promulgate the Royal Edict No. 11 on April 4, 1899, the third year of his "Gwangmu" (martial brilliance) reign, creating a new system of a government-run middle school. Under the edict, Korea’s first four-year public middle school opened its doors on October 3, 1900, after a year and a half of preparations.

Rechartered as Kyunggi High School, this public middle school has produced over 40,000 graduates who have made great contributions to every sector of Korean society in the past 100 years.

The Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a commemorative stamp in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the public secondary education system and in the hopes that this occasion will serve to further boost the development of Korean secondary education. The commemorative stamp features Article One of the Middle School Regulations, Education Ordinance, and the former Kyunggi High School Building at Hwa-dong.