Title : THE 21st UNIVERSAL POSTAL CONGRESS  (View SmallSheet)
Stamp Serial#
1753 
KPC#
C-1332 
MICHEL#
1777A 
StanGib#
2088 
Scott#
1765 
Date of Issue
01/24/1994 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
300 won 
Design
Map'ae, Horse, Envelope and Emblem 
Designer
Won, In-Jae 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 20(5*4) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The 21st Universal Postal Congress will be held at the Korea Exhibition Center for 24 days, from August 22 to September 14, 1994. Approximately 2,000 participants, not only the delegates from 185 member countries, but the observers from the United Nations and international organizations, are expected to attend the Seoul Congress.

It is meaningful for us Koreans to host the second UPU Congress in Asia, just after the 16th Congress in Tokyo in 1969. At the UPU Congress there will be a revision to the Acts of the Union to take account of economic and social changes during the past five years, estabilishment of a world postal policy to be achieved until the next Congress, and discussion on postal business operation.

The Seoul Congress will consist of the pleary session, committees, including letter post, parcel post, postal financial srevices, and technical cooperation, and many others will have their respective meetings.

To commemorate the 21st UPU Congress, the Ministry of Communications issues commemorative stamps featuring "Map'ae" (horse plates), and letter envelopes. The "Map'ae", a plate engraved with a miniature horse, indicated the authority of a government official to press post horses into service for his official tours in the country in ancient Korean society. Historically, horses began being used as a major communication means from Koryo dynasty((918-1392). The dynasty introduced the of so-called "Map'ae", System to regulate the use of post horses, and the system remained in place in the following Choson dynasty. The "Map'ae" of this commemorative stamp, used during the Koryo dynasty, helps people gain some insights into the logical way of our ancestor's life.