Title : The Centennial Anniversary of Soong Eui School
Stamp Serial#
2346 
KPC#
C-1813 
MICHEL#
 
StanGib#
2725 
Scott#
2131 
Date of Issue
10/31/2003
Quantity
1,800,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Soong Eui School Glowing Brilliantly Once Again 
Designer
Kim, So-jeong 
Image Area
26mm x 36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
Soong Eui School, the forerunner of modern education for women in Korea, which has shared the pains and joys of the nation, celebrates the centennial of its founding on Oct. 31, 2003.

The centennial history of Soong Eui School dates back to the establishment of Soong Eui Girl's School on Oct. 31, 1903. The school, founded by the American missionary, Rev. Samuel Austin Moffett, was a pioneering, modern educational institution for women that adopted the concept of respect for justice in its founding ideals. Soong Eui Girl's School has developed into a major educational institution encompassing kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school and college.

The educational mission of Soong Eui School is to foster women imbued with Christian values as well as a love for justice and practice of service. Based on Christian principles, the school initiated the modernization of the Korean society, serving as a beacon for enlightenment and independence during the final years of the Joseon period. Its aim was to foster well-rounded women and female leaders. During the Japanese colonial rule, Soong Eui School participated in the resistance movement against the Japanese occupation including the March 1st Independence Movement of 1919. The school voluntarily closed its doors in 1938 after refusing to worship at Shinto shrines. It was re-established at the present location at the foot of Mt. Namsan in 1953.

This commemorative stamp is issued in celebration of the centennial of the Soong Eui School, which is poised to achieve a new leap forward toward the vision of fostering modern professionals equipped with creativity and ideals to benefit all society.