Title : Postage Stamp in Commemoration of The IOC Decision to hold The 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul
Stamp Serial#
1239 
KPC#
C-910 
MICHEL#
1264 
StanGib#
1500 
Scott#
1281 
Date of Issue
10/30/1981 
Quantity
5,000,000 
Denomination
40 won 
Design
OLYMPIC Emblem and the South Gate 
Designer
Chun Hee-han 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż5 
Paper
White
Unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of korea 
Description
The City of Seoul has been chosen as the cite for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.

The decision was made last September 30 by the IOC General Assembly held in Baden-Baden, West Germany, through a secret vote, in which Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, won the venue right lopsidedly beating Nagoya, the other competing city, by 52 to 27.

In addition to its being a great honor for the citizens of Seoul and the entire Korean nation, it is also a historic event in that the 24th Olympic Games will become the first that are hosted by a developing country.

The Olympic games originated in ancient Greece as festival games, but were discontinued in A.D. 394. With the independence of modern Greece, they were revived in 1859 but were again discontinued after being held only four times. The credit for bringing today's Olympic into existence, however, goes to Baron de Coubertin of France, who was the first to propose a modern revival of the ancient sport games and rightly called the father of the modern Olympics, the first of which were held in Athens, Greece, April 6-15, 1896.

Since we began to enter the Olympic games, starting with the London Olympiad held in 1948, we have won one gold, five silvers and twelve bronzes, excluding the gold won by our marathoner Sohn Ki-chung who ran as a Japanese, in the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin.

The Ministry of Communications issues this stamp in commemoration of the IOC's decision to let the City of Seoul host the 24th Olympic Games in 1988, and also as a sign of our national determination to stage the event in such a way that it will be remembered as one of the best managed in history, thus resulting in the exhaltation of our national prestige.