Title:   Old & Historic Trees of Korea Series Stamps (4th Issue)"

Stamp Serial#
2854- 2857
Date of Issue
400,000 ea.
270 won  
Zelkova "for hanging drum" at Segan-ri, Uiryeong;
Trifoliate orange at Gapgot-ri, Ganghwa:
Grove and Asian fringe tree at Gwangyang-eup;
Spring cherry at Hwaeomsa Temple, Gurye 
Kim, Changhwan 
Image Area
19mm x 47mm, 41mm x 22mm 
Sheet Composition
4 x 4 
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Offset, four colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 

The "Old and Historic Trees of Korea Series," has introduced Korea's historic trees to date. This year's series will mark the last installment of the old and historic trees that are widely deemed "trees that protect the nation." These revered trees which impart a glimpse of our ancestors' love for their country will be introduced through stamps.

Zelkova "for hanging drum" at Segan-ri, Uiryeong (Natural Monument No.493)
In front of the Segan village, Uiryeong county, stands a zelkova tree called Hyeongosu (a tree from which a drum hangs). The story passed down from ancient times has it that Kwak Jae-Woo, a student of Confucian during Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, hung a big drum on this tree and beat it in order to gather and train an army to fight in the cause of justice for the first time in the country. This is also the site where the Flame for Religious Celebration for the Royal Troops is lit. This tree is about 520 years old and 15m high.

Trifoliate orange at Gapgot-ri, Ganghwa (Natural Monument No.78)
Ganghwa Island served as the shelter to which King Gojong of the Goryeo Dynasty retreated from invading Mongols, and King Injo of the Joseon dynasty from the Chinese (Chin's) invasion of Joseon. As such, on the outside of the fortress there, trifoliate oranges with its numerous thorns were planted to prevent foreign enemies from gaining access to the castle. The trifoliate orange at Gapgot-ri, Ganghwa which is 4.2 m high and about 400 years old is protected as a natural monument for its historical significance and since it is located in Ganghwa Island, the northern boundary edge of trifoliate oranges.

TGrove and Asian fringe tree at Gwangyang-eup (Natural Monument No. 235)
During the reign of King Myeongjo of the Joseon dynasty, Park Se-Hoo, then Hyeongam (the head of an administrative district level called, at that time, "hyeon" which is equivalent to the current "eup") of Gwangyang Hyeon, in anticipation of a possible invasion from Japan, planted nettle trees, zelkova trees, Asian fringe trees, etc. so that his village would be undetectable from the distant sea. This group of trees planted in Gwangyang-eup is called Gwangyangeupsu (trees located in Gwangyangeup). Among these trees, an Asian fringe tree, 18m high, is very old and tall, thus holding a very high biological value. Planted for a military purpose, the Gwangyangeupsu has also served as a natural barrier against the sea wind.

TSpring cherry at Hwaeomsa Temple, Gurye (Natural Monument No.38)
Since the Manchu War of 1636, King Injo of the Joseon Dynasty planted, in anticipation of impending wars, many cherry trees used to make bows. The Monk Byeokam at Hwaeomsa Temple concurred with this tactic and planted many spring cherries (Prunus pendula f. ascendens) near the temple. Among them, a tree is still alive and is protected as a natural monument. Spring cherry blossoms in the spring earlier than other cherry trees, and its flowers bloom earlier than its leaves. Estimated to be about 300 years old, this tree is about 12m high.