Title : POSTAGE STAMPS OF SEOUL OLYMPICS 1988 (3rd Issue)  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
1397 
KPC#
C-1030 
MICHEL#
1421 
StanGib#
1687 
Scott#
B24 
Date of Issue
09/16/1985 
Quantity
9,000,000 
Denomination
70+30 won 
Design
Basketball 
Designer
Kim, Hyun 
Image Area
22mm*32mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 20(5*4) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korean Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
The 24th Olympic Games will be held in Seoul September 17 through October 2, 1988. The Olympaid, which traces back to the athletic festivals of Ancient Greece, makes its ideal, to bring forth a peaceful world. "Harmony and progress", has been adopted as the motto for the Seoul Olympiad, which will be long remembered as a glorious event in our history.

In celebration of the event the Ministry of Comunications will issue eight kinds of stamps each year from 1985 until 1988. The two following stamps are the third of the series:

1. Basketball.
Basketball, an indoor game played by two five-member teams, was created in 1891 by Dr. J. Naismith, a Canadian instructor working for the international YMCA Training School in Massachusetts, the United States.

The game has been an Olympic event since the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. It was, however, first in-troduced to us Koreans in 1907, by an American Missionary named Gillet, P. In the 1960's half a century later, the Korean women's basketball team played with the best women's teams of the world and won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics.

2. Boxing.
Boxing is a match fought by two men with the gloved fists in a square ring. The competition was on the program of the ancient Olympic Games and has since been one of the popular main Olympic events. Boxing was first introduced to Korea with the organization of Yugak Boxing Club in 1912. Korea has won a number of medals in the boxing competition, including a gold medal, since the 1948 Olympics, at which it was first represented as an independent country.