Title: Goguryeo Series (1st Issue) 
Stamp Serial#
Date of Issue
310 won 
An armored soldier
riding an armored horse  
Kim Sojeong 
Image Area
37mm x 27mm 
(Combination of round perforations
and ones shaped like Goguryeo at
the height of its power) 
Sheet Composition
3 x 4
+ 2
(245mm x 147mm) 
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure six colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
It is a name that stirs strong emotions in the hearts of Koreans: it is a part of our proud history.

Characterized by its powerful spirit and tenacity, Goguryeo enhanced national pride by playing a key role in northeast Asia for more than 700 years after the founding of its capital in Huben (presently Huanren, China) in 37 BC. By the early 5th century AD, Goguryeo's territory extended beyond Songhua River to the north and Liao River to the west, to the southern maritime provinces of Siberia to the east and the middle of the Korean peninsula to the south, making it the largest territory in Korea's history.

Goguryeo derived its strength from its military and defensive powers. It deliberately built numerous sophisticated fortresses in high rugged mountains that formed the basis of its defense system and offered natural protection from adversaries. These well-built fortresses still stand in Ji'an, China and Pyongyang, North Korea, the second and third capitals of Goguryeo respectively, as well as in the original capital city, Huanren in China. Mounted guards formed the core of Goguryeo's military power due to the abundance of mountainous areas in the region. This is why in wall paintings from the Goguryeo Kingdom we often see soldiers clad in armor and helmets wielding a sword and shield and shooting arrows. Horses wearing armor and helmets, a method of increasing the strength of an army, can be seen as well.

The stamps show images of Onyeosanseong(Onyeo fortress) in Huanren(Huben), Baekamseong(Baek-am Castle) on the Liaodong Plains in China, a mock cavalry battle from a Samsilchong(three-chamber tomb) painting in Ji'an, samyeop-hwandudaedo (a sword with a ring containing a three-leafed shape at the end), and gaemamusa (an armored soldier riding an armored horse) from Malguyumudeom ("Horse Trough Tomb," named for the horse trough that appears in its wall painting) in Ji'an. At the selvage of a full sheet one can see Daeseongsanseong (Daeseong fortress) in Pyongyang and Eulmildae (a pavilion used as a command center at Pyongyang Castle) behind Baekamseong (Baek-am Castle), a parade of iron-clad cavalry from a Deokheung-ri tomb painting, a guard from a Samsilchong painting overlaid with the inscription from the tombstone of King Gwangaeto the Great, a map of Goguryeo at the height of its prosperity, and a hunting painting from Muyongchong (Muyong tomb) in Ji'an.