Title : Millennium Series (8th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2096 
KPC#
C-1607 
MICHEL#
2123 
StanGib#
2433 
Scott#
1976c 
Date of Issue
11/01/2000 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Hwaseong 
Designer
Lee, Gi-seok 
Image Area
52mm*26mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
6 stamps
in Special Sheet 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
From 1999 to 2001, the Ministry of Information and Communication has been issuing a millennial series of stamps, in order to pay tribute to the past and meaningfully celebrate the beginning of the new millennium. The eighth collection in the series depicts important historic relics and sites from the late Chosan Dynasty to the present.

During the late Chosan Dynasty, a new breed of sirhak (pragmatic studies) scholars began to espouse refreshing changes in the overall culture. Their practical and utilitarian wisdom was augmented by fully embracing western science and technology, as most notably manifested by the employment of such innovative modern equipment as the mechanical crane and pulleys used in building the magnificent walls of Hwaseong (Brilliant Castle). As genre paintings gained popularity as a result of rising awareness of the common people, Sin Yun-bok rose to fame with his daring depiction of intimate scenes of male-female relationships. In calligraphic art, Kim Jeong-hui created an innovative style, called the Chusa style under his penname, on the basis of his study of traditional Korean and Chinese calligraphy. With the introduction of western culture, modern western-style architecture began to emerge. One of the architectural monuments of this time is Myeongdong Cathedral, a mecca of Korean Catholicism which also shared the hardships and sufferings with the Korean people during the dark period of modern Korea. Another structure of special note is Wongaksa, Korea s first modern-style theater dedicated at the turn of the 20th century. In 1992, KITSat-I, Korea's first satellite, was successfully launched into orbit

The collection of stamps feature: "Spring Outing", a genre painting by Sin Yun-bok; Chusa-style calligraphy and the house where Kim Jeong-hui was born; the Beacon Lighthouse at the Hwaseong Fortress, and a book mentioning the pulleys used in erecting the walls; the edifice of Myeongdong Cathedral; the old facade of Wongaksa Theater and a scene from a performance there; and the KITSat-I satellite.