Title: The opening of the new building
for the Seoul Central Post Office 
Stamp Serial#
2266a ssm 
Date of Issue
250 won 
Past and Present,
Lee Gi-seog 
Image Area
23mm x 33mm 
Sheet Composition
4 x 3 + 2 
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, six colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
On November 22, 2007, the Seoul Central Post Office opens a new chapter in its history at Post Tower, its new headquarters building.

Korea's postal history started in 1884 with the establishment of the "Postal Directorate" and will celebrate its 123rd anniversary this year. But Gapsinjeongbyeon (reform movement that began in 1884) forced the "Postal Directorate" to close, putting postal operations in Korea on hold. On June first of 1895, the Hanseong Post Office and Incheon Post Office were established based on No.2 Decree of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry Department of Imperial Korea, allowing the resumption of postal service between Hanseong and Incheon. Afterwards, Hanseong Post Office (which was located at what is now Sejongno, Jongno-gu) went through the pain of being absorbed by the "Kyeongseong Post Office," (which was located where Seoul Central Post Office now stands), and was renamed as "Seoul Central Postal Office," and finally, on August 13, 1949, to "Seoul Central Post Office."

The new stamp features the POST TOWER the new building of Seoul Central Post Office, together with Hanseong Post Office which was set up in 1895. The stamp's sheet shows how Kyeongseong Post Office looked in 1915, how Seoul Central Post Office looked during the Korean war, and how it looked when it was reestablished in 1957 and 1981, respectively. Together with these photos, the CI used by the postal office for each era are also shown.

The grandiose appearance of the new headquarters building of the Seoul Central Post Office was unveiled four years after the start of construction on September 2, 2003. With 72,718m in total floor space, 21 floors above ground and 7 floors underground, the building was named POST TOWER. It has created a new model for what future public government buildings should look like, by becoming the first building for business use to gain the highest rating as an environmentally-friendly building, 1st grade in IBS (Intelligent Building System), and special recognition in the area of the information highway.

It is hoped that the POST TOWER, built on the basis of three fundamental concepts of "the gate to the city," "the monument to harmony" and "open yard," will become a new symbol of Korea's postal operations, and furthermore, as a downtown Seoul's landmark.