The following information was extracted from Stanley Gibbons web-site, November 29, 2004.
125th Birth Anniversary An Jung Gun
An Jung Gun (September 21, 1879-March 26, 1910) is a patriotic martyr who shot to death Ito Hirobumi - the mastermind of Japanese aggression on Korea. He was born in Haeju, South Hwanghae Province.
He trained his body and mind and exercised horse riding and shooting while learning from his childhood.
He set out to defend the independence of Korea when national ruin was looming owing to the Japanese imperialists' undisguised scheme of aggression on Korea and the feudal rulers' extreme corruption.
When he learned that Ito would go to Harubin, China, to have talks on the problem of Manchuria, he made perfect preparations.
On October 26, 1909, he found his way to the welcomers across the strict cordon of the Russian army and police. Then he shot Ito to death.
Thrown into the Japanese prison, in Lushun, he wrote the letters "The Most Beautiful Mountains and Rivers" as an expression of his belief that the mountains and rivers of his motherland were precious; he also wrote "Comment on Peace in the East", in which he condemned the Japanese imperialists as the violator of peace in the East.
In spite of his dedication of his life to the struggle, An Jung Gun could not realize his desire of restoration of national sovereignty because in those days he was outside of an outstanding leadership.