Title : The 28th Athens Olympic Games
Stamp Serial#
Date of Issue
190 won 
The Acropolis and the ancient Olympic Games 
Park, Eun-kyung 
Image Area
26mm x 36mm 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
The 28th Athens Olympic Games will be held from August 13 to 29, 2004 in Athens, Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games originated and the first modern Olympic Games took place.

Historical records of the Olympics indicate that the games were held as early as 776 B.C. when they were more religious in nature: a ceremony dedicated to the Greek God, Zeus. At the time, the games included chariot racing, javelin throwing, pankration (an athletic event that combined wrestling and boxing) and other sporting events. After continuing for over a millennium, the long tradition of the ancient Olympics came to an end in 394 A.D. when Roman emperor Theodosius established Christianity as the state religion and decreed that the Olympic Games were an act of idolatry. It was not until 1896 that the Olympic Games were held once again in Athens, thanks to the tireless efforts of Pierre de Coubertin of France. Thus, the modern Olympic Games, humanity's quest for peace among nations, was celebrated once more.

In its first homecoming visit to Athens in 108 years, the Olympic Flame will once again illuminate the host city where some 16,500 athletes from 202 nations from around the world will gather to compete in a total of 28 sports, such as the modern pentathlon, aquatics, equestrian events, judo and Taekwondo, under the theme: The integration of history, culture and peace with the spirit of Olympic competition and sports as the entire world embraces Olympic values. Additionally, athletes from South and North Korea will join hands once again under the "flag of the Korean Peninsula" and enter together at the Opening Ceremony, creating a breathtaking display.

In hopes for great performances by members of the Korean national team, the Korea Post has issued a commemorative stamp depicting the Acropolis and the ancient Olympic Games.