Title:  Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013
Stamp Serial#
Date of Issue
1,200,000 ea.
270 won ea." 
A view of Suncheon Bay 
Kim, Chang-hwan 
Image Area
44mm x 24mm 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5  
White unwatermarked 
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, five colors 
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
A place with never-ending field of reeds with hooded cranes roaming about, Suncheon Bay comprises one of the world’s top 5 coastal wetlands and is a rich ecological repository where 235 species of migratory birds and 120 species of plants inhabit. The beautiful natural setting of Suncheon Bay will be the host site of "Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013."

With its prototype being "The Great Spring Show" held in 1862 in London, the Garden Expo has been developed around Europe which boasts a highly developed garden culture to gradually spread to the U.S. and Asian region. Sanctioned and sponsored by AIPH (The International Association of Horticultural Producers) which was formed in 1948 by Swiss flower producers, the Garden Expo today has become a forum where various future-oriented garden culture technologies are shared.

Unlike other industrial expos where the facilities/structures are torn down after the expos are completed, the garden expo is an environment-friendly expo where trees get densely packed over time, thus raising the value of the gardens created by the expo.

Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013 will be held under the theme of "Suncheon Bay, the Garden of the Earth," for 6 months from April 20, 2013 to October 20 around the Suncheon Bay. For this Expo, 83 gardens will be created: "World Garden Zone" where visitors can appreciate various and unique garden cultures of various countries; 70 or so of "Participation Garden Zone" created by world famous garden designers and installation artists; "Oriental Herbs Experience Center"; "Kids’ Garden"; "International Wetland Zone"; and an "Arboretum Zone" where visitors can appreciate a Korean traditional garden and a Southern Forest Path. What makes the Expo more exciting is: the "Suncheon Lake Garden" created by the world-renowned gardener Charles Jencks; "The Dream Bridge," a recycled container, designed by Kang Ik-jung, an installation artist, that displays 140,000 pictures drawn by children around the world about their future dreams; and PRT (Personal Rapid Transit), transportation that connects the Expo site with Suncheon Bay.

In hoping for the success of the Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013 which pursues environment-friendly values as shown by the recycling of the discarded trees, stones and containers, as well as the reed fences, compost manure made by worms, etc., a commemorative stamp is issued featuring a view of Suncheon Bay.