Title : Definitive Postage Stamps
Stamp Serial#
1469 
KPC#
308 
MICHEL#
1493 
StanGib#
1383a 
Scott#
1449 
Date of Issue
12/10/1986 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
550 won 
Design
Kim, Ku 
Designer
Kim,Sung-sil 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13 1/2*12 1/2 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 100(10*10) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
The stamp carries a portrait of patriot Kim Ku (1876-1949), printed in intaglio. Kim Ku, born in Haeju, Hwanghae province, entered into membership in "conghak" (a religious body) at the age of18, leading the van of the local "Donghak" movement during the 1894 "Donghak rebellion". After the "Samil independence movement", he exiled himself to Shanghai and helped to establish the Korean Provisional Government, serving in various important posts in it, and finally becoming its head in 1940. He organized the Korean lndependence Army and led the Korean military resistance against japan.

After the 1945 liberation of the country, Kim Ku returned home to Korea. He organized the Korean lndependence Party and led it in his struggle for the unification of North and South.

In April 1948, he made a last attempt to bring about negotations between South and North, but he falied in it. He did not participate in the establishment of the Republic of Korea government and maintained political neutrality. He was assassinated at his home in Kyungkyo-jang, on June 26, 1949.

The Korean government posthumously awarded him the "Order of Chungiang" on March 1, 1962, in recognition of his patriotic services for the independence of the country.