Title : WINTER UVIVERSIADE '97.MUJU-CHONJU
Stamp Serial#
1868 
KPC#
C-1417 
MICHEL#
1892 
StanGib#
2203 
Scott#
1880 
Date of Issue
07/01/1996 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
150 won 
Design
Emblem 
Designer
Lee Keun-moon 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
Winter Universiade '97.Muju-Choju' sports festival for collegians and university students around the world, will be held from January 24 to February 2, 1997, in Muju and Chonju, Cholla buk-do.

The term "Universiade" is etiologically the compound of "University" and "Olympic" meaning the Olympic Games for collegians and university students. The Universiade is held every two years in cycles of summer and winter games under the sponsorship of the Federation Internationale Sport Universiade(FISU), the world governing body. Compettitors must be collegians, university students, or within two years after graduation from college or university (age limit: 17 to 28 years of age).

First held in Chamonix, France in 1960, the 18th winter Universiade will feature numerous events such as Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing(Cross Country, Jumping, and Nordic combined), Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Short-Track Indoor Speed Skating, Speed Skating, and the Biathlon, under the slogan of the Universiade-"Bring Together the Youth of the World to Hold the World in Their Arms". The Universiade will be an arena for collegians and university students from all over the world to contribute to world peace and love for humanity, while harmonizing their academic spirit with sportsmanship. The University Games will also provide Korea with a valuable opportunity to publicize its cultural heritage and natural attractions to people all aroun the world.

Muju, the site for skiing events, is located at the foot of Mt, Tokusan where the Kumgang River and the Nadaechon Stream originate, and which is renowned for its ginseng, walnuts and various edible wild plants. Mt. Tokyusan National Park is located in the heart of the Sobaek Mountain range.

Chonju, which will host ice sports events, is the provincial capital of Chollabuk-do of the Mankyong River, surrounded by the Mankyong Plain to the northwest and by hills and mountains to the southeast. Known as the cradle of the Yi Dynasty of the Kingdom, Chonju is famous for Korea's mulberry paper, 'Hanji' which is used in making sliding doors, oiled floor paper, umbrellas, and hand-held fans, as well as sedge products. Chonju is also very proud of its culinary reputation. Chonju is the birthplace of Pi-bim-pab (vegetables and minced meat).

Hoping for the sucessful hosting of the Winter Universiade '97 Muju¡¤Chonju with the entire nation, the Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing two commemorative stamps featuring the "Three-T'aegeuk(the Great Absolute) design and a Dashing Skater", which was awarded the top prize in an International contest for '96' stamp designs.