Title: Opening of the Fortress Wall in Mt. Bugaksan, Seoul 
Stamp Serial#
2251 ssm 
Date of Issue
250 won 
Sukjeongmun Gate
(North Gate of Seoul) 
Shin Jae-yong 
Image Area
41mm x 22mm 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
White Unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, four colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Bugaksan Mountain, which has been completely closed off, will reveal itself on April 5, 2007.

Seoul, now the capital city of Korea, also served as the old national capital of both Baekje (BC 18~475) and Joseon (1392~1910). In the early days of Joseon era, to protect the town surrounding Gyeongbokgung Palace, a castle wall was built along the ridges of the surrounding mountains, under the "Theories of Configuration of the Terrain." (Pungsujiriseol): to the North of Gyeongbokgung Palace, along the ridge of Bugaksan Mountain, also called Baegaksan Mountain, as a "Black Tortoise & Serpent at the rear"; to the East, along the ridge of Naksan Mountain as "the Blue Dragon on the left"; to the West, along the ridge of Inwangsan Mountain as "the White Tiger on the right"; and, to the South, Mokmyeoksan Mountain (also called "Namsan") as "the Red Phoenix at the front."

Located at the rear of the Blue House, the presidential residence, Bugaksan Mountain had been closed off as a military reservation for the purpose of national security ever since North Korean commandos slipped over the mountain to attack the presidential mansion on January 21, 1968. Sukjeongmun Gate, (the North Gate of Seoul), one of the four main gates of Seoul together with the South, East and West gates located within this Bugaksan Mountain, was also closed off.

On April 1, 2006, the 1.1 km section of Bugaksan Mountain extending from Hongnyeonsa Temple, Sukjeongmun Gate to Choddaebawi (Candle stick rock) was reopened to the general public for the first time in 38 years. This was followed by a full opening of the entire 4.3km-long Bugaksan Mountain section of Fortress Wall extending from Waryong Park, Sukjeongmun Gate, the top of Bugaksan Mountain, to Changuimun Gate on April 5, 2007.

Having long been closed to the general pubic, Bugaksan Mountain boasts a dense forest of pine trees and well preserved ecosystem and foliage. In addition, it is home to the Fortress Wall, one of the greatest cultural heritages of the Korean people. It is certain that as a site of historical/cultural edification and an ecological park located in the heart of Seoul, Bugaksan Mountain will emerge as a notable attraction of Seoul beloved by all its citizens.