Title : Postage Stamp Commemoration of World Tourism Day
Stamp Serial#
1106 
KPC#
C-792 
MICHEL#
1131 
StanGib#
1332 
Scott#
1138 
Date of Issue
09/28/1978 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
20 won 
Design
Baeg-do Island 
Designer
Kim, Jae-Min Lee, Keun-Moon 
Image Area
33mmí┐23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
World Tourism Day falls on September 28.

The tourism industry of Korea has achieved a high growth rate annually during the past decade, and can reasonably expect more than 2,000,000 tourists to visit Korea annually in the early 1980's.

The Ministry of Communications issues two kinds of commemorative stamps, depicting "Kyonghoeru" (pavilion) and "Baeg-do" Island, respectively, in the hope that the scenic sites of tourism of our country will be widely publicized both at home and abroad, and that the tourism industry will further contribute to the betterment of our country througth making continuous development:
1. Kyonghoern located in Kyoungbok Palace:
Kyonghoeru stands at the center of a lotus pond, in the western part of the Kyoungbok Palace compound. This great pavilion, built in 1412 in the 12th year of King Taejong of the Yi Dynasty, used to be the venue of feasts for the kings, high-ranking officials, including cabinet ministers, and foreign emissaries. It was rebuilt in 1865 as it was burnt down at the time of the Japanese invasion (1592-98) of Korea. It measures 34.3m by 28.5m in width. The grandiose structure gives a sense of symmetry and stability, with the exquisite and elegant architectural techniques that can be noticed from every detail. 2. Baeg-do Island:
Baeg-do Island is situated 16 miles east of Komun-do Island which is 48 miles from the southwestern port city of Yosu. Dubbed as Mt. Kumgang (Diamond) of the southern coast. Baeg-do comprises a total of 36 uninhabited islands and abounds in fantastic crags and rocky cliffs, presenting an unparalleled splendid view. The legendary island, preserving ancient mystery from time immortal, also is renowned for a legend that a king of ancient China visited here in search of the herb that serves as an elixir of life. Baeg-do Island boasts of a variety of flora and fauna. There also is a solar-heat light house, the only one of its kind in Korea.