Title: Centennial Anniversary of Special Envoy to the Hague  
Stamp Serial#
2255 ssm 
Date of Issue
250 won 
The Hague envoys and King Kojong's letter of proxy 
Huh Young-suk 
Shin Jae-yong 
Image Area
26mm x 33mm 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Offset, four colors +
Intaglio, one color 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
"A truly great country is not one with extensive territory nor population. Even though its territory and population may be small, a country with great people becomes a great country. A great person, for the sake of his mother country, becomes the blood of his country's life." - Patriot Lee Chun

The Eulsa Treaty signed in 1905 under Japan's coercion put Taehan Cheguk (the Empire of Korea) into the crisis of losing its national sovereignty and diplomatic privileges. Faced with this crisis, Korean Emperor Gojong dispatched in secret a cadre of special envoys made up of Lee Sang-Sol, Lee Chun, and Lee Wi-Jong to the Second Hague Peace Conference being held in The Hague, Netherlands in June 1907. Their mission was to engage in diplomatic activities aimed at appealing to the world's great powers to invalidate the Eulsa Treaty and restore Taehan Cheguk's national sovereignty. Carrying Emperor Kojong's credentials and secret messages, the suite of special eonvoys arrived at The Hague after two months of journey via Russia. At The Hague, they sent letters to the delegation of each country attending the Conference to elicit support to allow their participation in the Peace Conference. They also strived, through open speeches and media broadcasting, to inform the international community of the wretched situation that Korea was in. After Japan's interruptions stifled their plan, Lee Chun died in a fit of anger while Lee Sang-Sol and Lee Yi-Jong toured Europe, continuing to conduct diplomatic activities aimed at recovering Korea's national sovereignty.

In commemoration of the centennial commemoration of the dispatch of the special envoys to The Hague, a new stamp featuring "The Hague envoys and Emperor Kojong's letter of proxy" is issued. The sublime spirit of these envoys who fought for their mother country's independence and peace in faraway lands should be forever remembered.