Title: Definitive Stamp (5 (Old) chon)
U.S. Military Government Office "Won" Series
(View a picture of Kyong-ju Observatory)
Has No Title
Stamp Serial#
18 
KPC#
51 
MICHEL#
15 A 
StanGib#
83 
Scott#
69 
Date of Issue
10/05/1946 
Quantity
40,000,000 
Denomination
50 (Old) chon 
Design
Kyong-ju Observatory 
Designer
Oh Choong-whan 
Image Area
18.5mmí┐22mm 
Perforation
12 
Sheet Composition
10í┐10 
Paper
White Japanese paper; no watermark
Printer
Kyung-hwa Printing Office 
Description

Kyong-ju's Cheom-seong-dae.
Cheomseongdae, which means "Star Gazing Tower", is an astrological observatory built to study the movements of the celestial sphere. On top of the stone foundation that serves as support are layers of stones in the shape of fans. These stones are stacked in a cylinder shape and on top is the platform in the shape of the Chinese character '?' (jeong). Ancient records show that people climbed to the top of the tower using a ladder to observe the skies. The Cheomseongdae is believed to have been built during the reign of Queen Seondeok (A.D. 632 to A.D. 647) of the Silla Kingdom. Cheomseongdae is highly valuable as one of the oldest astronomical observatories of its kind in Asia and demonstrates the highly advanced scientific capabilities of the times. This important cultural asset has been designated as National Treasure No. 31.