Title : Registration of Korea Cultural Treasures as Parts of the World Heritage 
Stamp Serial#
2116 
KPC#
C-1626 
MICHEL#
2143 
StanGib#
2458 
Scott#
2042a 
Date of Issue
12/09/2000 
Quantity
1,200,000 
Denomination
340 won 
Design
Hunminjeongeum and King Sejong 
Designer
Won, In-jae 
Image Area
52mm*36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
2*4 stamps
in Special Sheet 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
On October 1, 1997, Hunminjeongeum and Chosanwangjosillok (the Annals of the Chosan Dynasty) were included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The "Memory of the World" Register is a compendium of documents, manuscripts, oral traditions, audiovisual materials selected to be preserved for the benefit of humankind because of their exceptional universal value. The UNESCO registered the first group of 38 documentary heritages from 22 countries in the Memory of the World in 1997.

"Proper Sound to Instruct the People"- -Hunminjeongeum
In 1443. King Sejong, the fourth king of the Chosan Dynasty, crested "hangeul", the unique Korean script, to provide the common people with a writing system that could be learned and used with ease. Published in 1444, Hunmijeongeum, was written in Chinese characters by sholars of the "Jiphyeonjeon", or the Hall of Worthies, on the order of King Sejong, to explain "hangeul". The book contains commentaries on, and examples of the new script. The Korean government has designated the anniversary of the publication day of this book as Hangcul Day. Thc UNESCO adopted King Sejong's name in honor of the inventor of hangeul for the "King Sejong Literacy Prize" awarded to recipients who contribute to the eradication of illiteracy worldwide. Designated as National Treasure No, 70, Hunminjeongeum is currently housed in the Kansong Art Museum.

"Living, Breathing 500-Year History"- -Chosanwangjosillok (Annals of the Chosan Dynasty)
The Annals of the Chosan Dynasty is a historical record of the Chosan Dynasty spanning 472 years (1392-1863), and the reign of 25 kings from King Taejo. the founder, up to King Cheoljong. This vast collection of records are invaluable historic materials unrivaled in the length of time covered and richness of historical facts encompassing the politics, social system. economy, customs, and religion of the Chosan Dynasty. The Annals of the Chosan Dynasty has the added significance of being factual and highly reliable in that the record was zealously guarded. Nobody, not even the king, except historiographers were allowed to read the "Draft History". the main source for the compilation of the Annals. The Annals published for the previous king were made in four copies and stored in special repositories in Jeongyok, Taebaek, and the Jeoksang and Odae Mountains. The surviving 2,077 books of the Annals have been designated as National Treasure No. 151 and placed under the custody of the Gyujanggak Library Archives of Seoul National University and the Government Archives and Records Service.