Title : Millennium Series (11th Issue)
Stamp Serial#
2169 
KPC#
C-1664 
MICHEL#
2197 
StanGib#
2513 
Scott#
1979c 
Date of Issue
07/02/2001 
Quantity
1,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
The Seoul-Busan Expressway 
Designer
Park, Eun-kyung 
Image Area
34.5mm*36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5 in a Special Sheet 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The Ministry of Information and Communication has been publishing the Millennium Series since 1999 until 2001 for the purpose of commemorating the great achievements of the ancestors of Korean people while making preparations for the new millennium in earnest. This time, the 11th batch introduces major events and persons after the nation's liberation from the Imperial Japanese rule.

With the victory of the army of the allies, Koreans relished the joy of resuming their national sovereignty and marking historical liberation on August 15, 1945. However, the joy did not last long; the Korean peninsula was soon divided into two different regimes with the 38th parallel line as the demarcation line. Koreans had to suffer from the fratricidal Korean War in 1950. The Republic of Korea, which was launched on the southern half of the peninsula, underwent a successive series of economic changes and growth, fuelled by its people's dedication and commitment towards social stability and economic reconstruction.

Entering the 1970s, the Seoul-Pusan Expressway was constructed as the backbone of the nation, making outstanding contributions to the nation's economic development. The Saemaul Undong Movement, a national self-help drive, has proven to be the driving force behind the nation's true modernization, facilitating the transition toward a more sound and healthier mentality prevailing among Korean citizens. All these developments combined to create the so-called "Miracle on the Han River." The successful hosting of the 1988 Summer Olympiad in Seoul served to boost the stature fo Korea in the international scene.

The stamps to be printed ad part of the Series feature: hoisting of Taegeukgi, the national flag, onto the flag pole on top of Mt. Namsan in Seoul, which used to hold the Japanese national flag, right after the nation's liberation; statues of two brothers who had to fight against each other as a ROK soldier and as a DPRK army soldier; Headquarters of the Workers' Party in North Korea; Standing signs designating the military demarcation line; Saemaul Undong Movement and its flag; Seoul and Busan on a map, and a photo of Singal Interchange, which links the two cities; and the Olympic emblem reproduced during a mass-game at the opening ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympiad, with athletes from around the world.