Title : The 10th Anniversary of the Korea-Vietnam Diplomatic Relationship (Joint Issue) 
Stamp Serial#
2298 
KPC#
C-1775 
MICHEL#
2325 
StanGib#
2679 
Scott#
2112a 
Date of Issue
12/21/2002 
Quantity
1,200,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Dabo (Prabhutaratna) Pagoda at Pulguk-sa Temple 
Designer
Kim, Soe-jong 
Image Area
27mm x 37mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, five colors. 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
December 22, 2002 marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Vietnam. Despite the relatively short history of diplomatic ties, the two countries have made significant advances in cooperation in such diverse areas as public administration, society and culture with an emphasis on economic collaboration. The rapid development of relations between Korea and Vietnam is primarily attributable to the two nations sharing similar cultural traditions and historic experiences and mutually complementary economic structures as well as the development potential of Vietnam.

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of forming diplomatic relations, Korea and Vietnam will issue a joint stamp on December 21, 2002 featuring the "Dabo Pagoda" and "One Pillar Pagoda", both designated as cultural heritage in the respective nations. The stamp was jointly designed by Kim So-jeong of Korea and Hoang Thuy Lieu and Vu Kim Lien of Vietnam.

Dabo pagoda.
Dabo pagoda stands east to the Daewoongjeon (Main Hall) of the Bulguk Temple in Gyeongju city, facing Seokga Pagoda to the west. These two stone pagodas were built during the era of the Unified Shilla Kingdom (mid 8th century) and were placed at the same site to follow the precept of the Beophwagyeong (the Lotus Sutra), which states that the ¡¸past Buddha Dabo¡¹ stands alongside the ¡¸present Buddha Sakyamuni¡¹ to prove the truth of his Buddhist sermons.