Title: Centennial of Korea's First Bar Association 
Stamp Serial#
2259 ssm 
Date of Issue
250 won 
A true lawyer 
Mo Ji-won 
Image Area
26mm x 36mm  
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Offset, four colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Bar Association in Korea.

A lawyer is a professional equipped with the required legal qualifications to assist clients navigate the complex itinerary posed by the legal process. In Korea, the modern "system on lawyers" was first set in motion in 1905, the 9th year of Kwangmu (the name of the era). The Political Reform Movement of 1894 (GAPOGYEONGJANG) brought about reforms in various social spheres/institutions, while giving birth to a judicial system in the modern sense. But a system on lawyers did not easily take hold. During the war between Russia and Japan in 1904, about 10 Japanese lawyers applied to file a proxy lawsuit in Korean court and conducted activities to defend their client. This raised an alarm among the judicial circle of Korea regarding the need to establish a "system on lawyers" in Korea. As a result, the "Act on Lawyers" which was commonly called the "Korean Empire's Law No.5: the Kwangmu Act on Lawyers" was enacted on November 8, 1905. In 1907, 11 Korean lawyers, who had completed registration as lawyers under this Kwangmu Act on Lawyers, submitted applications for government approval for the establishment of a "Bar Association." Having gained the approval of the Minister of Justice of that time, the resulting Bar Association was established on September 23, 1907 and came to be called "Hanseong Bar Association" -- the predecessor of the Bar Association of Korea.

In July 22, 1909, under the "Memorandum of the Kiyu Year," Korea experienced the pain of having its justice system and "system on lawyers" absorbed by the Japanese administration. However, on November 7, 1949, after the establishment of the Government of the Republic of Korea, the Act on Lawyers was enacted as Law No. 63. As a result, Korea finally acquired a free, independent "Act on Lawyers" in reality and in name. Currently in Korea, there are a total of about 8,300 lawyers who belong to 14 regional bar associations under the umbrella of the Korean Bar Association.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Bar Association in Korea, a new stamp is issued. Featuring a lawyer protecting a delicate bird in his hand, this stamp was designed to convey the "image of a true lawyer." It is hoped that the lawyers' lofty mission of standing up for basic human rights and dignity as well as striving towards the realization of social justice to shed a bright light on our society will persist.