Title:   The 50th Anniversary of Korea - Colombia Diplomatic Relations)
Stamp Serial#
Date of Issue
650,000 ea.
270 won  
Ginger plant, & coffee plant
Mo, Ji-won 
Image Area
40mm x 30mm 
Sheet Composition
5 x4 
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, five colors
(self-adhesive stamp) 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Colombia. Colombia is the only Latin American nation to dispatch troops, as part of the U.N. forces, to the Korean War. This provided the opportunity for the two countries to develop a traditional friendship in such diverse areas as politics, economy, culture and society over the past 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1962. In celebration and commemoration of this 50th anniversary, Korea Post and its Colombian counterpart are issuing, through cooperative works, a set of joint stamps featuring the representative crops of the two countries ( Korea's : Ginseng) and (Colombia's : Coffee.) Ginseng, which is native to Korea, is a perennial plant. It grows to a height of approximately 60 cm and bears red or yellow fruits. Korea's ginseng, called Korean Ginseng, is called Insam, in Korean because it is shaped like a person, with In meaning a person and sam ginseng. Cultivated under the most ideal conditions such as temperature, rainfall, soil and cultivation process, Korean Ginseng contains many different kinds of saponin and the content of each different saponin is evenly distributed, thus making it the world's finest quality ginseng. In addition, ginseng is known to have a superb efficacy in enhancing immunity, recovery from fatigue, blood flow, and memory.

The evergreen coffee shrub grows to a height of 3~5 m and about 3 years after planting, bears red or yellow fruits. The seed remaining after the coffee fruit is peeling is called the green bean, which is roasted to make coffee beans that can be brewed in a beverage. The Colombian coffee grown by farmers called Cafetero are raised under such ideal conditions as the fertile soil of the Andes Mountains, climate and rainfall. These factors combine to give the Colombian coffee its uniquely robust sour flavor and aroma as the best quality coffee acknowledged by coffee lovers and specialists around the world.