Title : 75th Anniv. of Korean YMCA
Stamp Serial#
1111 
KPC#
C-797 
MICHEL#
1136 
StanGib#
1338 
Scott#
1143 
Date of Issue
10/28/1978 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
20 won 
Design
YMCA Symbol and Young Men 
Designer
Chun, Hee-Han 
Image Area
33mmí┐23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
It was on October 28, 1903, 75 years ago, that 28 charter members of five nationalities -the United States, China, Japan and Great Britain in addition to Korea-met to establish Hwangsong (Imperial City) Young Men's Christian Association, which is today known as the Seoul Central YMCA.

At present, there are as many as the 31 YMCAs in Korea boasting a total membership of more than 45,000. The total number of those working for the various projects and undertaking of the YMCA exceeds 2,500,000 man-days.

In its early days, the YMCA spearheaded the nation's drive for modernization by introducing Western sports, educating industrial workers through vocational training and by imbuing the youths with the ideal of democracy through the guidance of group activities.

During the period of Japanese rule over Korea, the YMCA endeavored to promote the spirit of resisting Japanese imperialism by means of sponsoring Sunday lectures and enlightenment gatherings, and implanted patriotism in the minds of the people of Korea throught training youths on farms and remote villages and communities. At the same time, the YMCA played a pivotal role in the independence movement of the nation and in propagating Christianity. It also led the ecumenical movement.

The purpose of the YMCA, Korea, is for the people, following the way of Christ, to learn together, discipline each other, development of love and justice, contribute to the improvement of the people's welfare and to the creation of a new culture, and, thereby, help establish the Kingdom of God on this earth.

On this occasion of observing the 75th anniversary of the YMCA in Korea, the Ministry of Communications is issuing a commemorative postage stamp, wishing for further prosperity of the YMCA so that it will further contribute to the peace of mankind as well as to the prosperity and culture development of our fatherland.