Title : The 30th Anniversary of Korea-India Diplomatic Relations
Stamp Serial#
2356
KPC#
C-1822 
MICHEL#
 
StanGib#
2735 
Scott#
2136b 
Date of Issue
12/10/2003
Quantity
1,200,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India 
Designer
Park, Eun-kyung (Korea)
Bharati Mirchandani (India) 
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
Hyecho, a Buddhist monk from the Silla Kingdom, traveled to India and wrote 'Wang-ocheonchukguk-jeon' (Accounts of Visits to the Five Lands of India) in 727 A.D. His memoir describes the culture, religion and customs of India. Korea and India, which have long maintained close ties through exchanges of the Buddhist culture, established diplomatic relations in 1973. The two nations have developed cooperative ties in all sectors of politics, economy, society and culture. Recently, Korea and India have been strengthening cooperation in the IT sector and more active exchanges in the future is anticipated. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Korea-India diplomatic relations, a joint stamp is being issued. The stamp features the astrological observatories of the two nations: Kyon-ju's Cheom-seong-dae and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India.
Jantar Mantar, the largest astrological observatory of India, was built from 1727 to 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who took great interest in astrology. Jantar Mantar, a stone structure, was built to observe the movements of the constellation, sun, moon and planets in consideration of the astrological rule, location of the equator, the latitude and longitude. It consists of various geometric devices including the Giant Equatorial Sun-Dial, the Altitude Instrument, the Altitude/Azimuth Instruments, the Astrolabe and the Sextant. The time measured here is so impeccable that it does not deviate significantly with the standard time of India, which demonstrates the scientific prowess of ancient India.