Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP (In Honor of Hong Yong-sik, Founder of Modern Postal System in Korea)
Stamp Serial#
1598 
KPC#
346 
MICHEL#
1622 
StanGib#
1382 
Scott#
1594A 
Date of Issue
06/25/1990 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
600 won 
Design
Hong Yung-Sik(Founder of Modern postal System in Korea) 
Designer
Chun, Hee-han 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 100(10*10) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
It was Hong Yung-sik who introduced the modern postal system to Korea.

In 1881, as a member of an official observation party, he went to Japan, where he first observed the phone and postal service with admiration. In 1883, he became Associate Ambassador plenipotentiary to the United States. During his stay in the US, he paid a visit to the New York post office and a telephone and telegraph office, making careful observations of the communications service, which impressed him so deeply that he decided to introduce a similar service to his home country. Owing to his strong determination and activities, and the support of many other forerunning officials, the General Bureau of posts was created in 1884 by a Royal ordinance, with him, the then Vice Minister of Military Affairs, as its first Chief. In the beginning, the service of the Bureau dealt mainly with commercial business telegraphs and letters to and from foreign countries, rather than with domestic posts.

The Ministry of Communications issues this definitive postage stamp in honor of Hong Yung-sik the founder of the General Bureau of posts and thus of modern postal system in Korea.