Title: The Centennial of Building Lighthouses 
Stamp Serial#
2326 
KPC#
C-1797 
MICHEL#
2353 
StanGib#
2704 
Scott#
2125 
Date of Issue
05/30/2003 
Quantity
1,800,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
The Palmido Lighthouse and the Surrounding Sea 
Designer
Roh, Jung-hwa 
Photographer
Kim, Chang-hwan 
Image Area
27mm x 37mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, five colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The year 2003 marks a significant year when Korea celebrates the centennial of building lighthouses.

Lighthouses are welcomed nautical marks on shore that guide ships to accurately identify their location to avoid potential hazards and ensure a safe and economical route. Lighthouses have served mariners as warm beacons pointing the way in the desolate darkness of the sea. One of the very first lighthouses is believed to have been built on the island of Pharos, near Alexandria, Egypt, about 280 BC and was regarded as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The first lighthouse in Korea was erected on Palmido Island, Incheon, a port forcefully opened during the Japanese colonial rule. Under Japanese order to build lighthouses to facilitate the increased maritime traffic, Korea constructed lighthouses on the island of Palmido, Sowolmido, as well as light beacons in Bukjangjaseo and Baekam. Among these, the Palmido lighthouse was the first to be completed on June 1, 1903. This 7.9-meter high cylinder-shaped lighthouse is 2 meters in diameter and played a crucial role in the success of the Incheon Landing Operations during the Korean War.