Title : The Centennial of the Opening of Mokpo Port
Stamp Serial#
1920 
KPC#
C-1458 
MICHEL#
1944 
StanGib#
2255 
Scott#
1917 
Date of Issue
10/01/1997 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
A view of Mokpo port in 1897 and the score of "The Tears of Mokpo" 
Designer
Lee, Keun-moon 
Image Area
32mm*22mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
The Tears of Mokpo, lyrics written by Mun Il-sok, set to music by Son Mok-in, sung by Lee Nan-young: The boat song of the ferryman wafts through the air, Samhakdo Island hides deep below the waves, the bride on the wharf with a tear-stained dress, Are they the tears of fare-stained dress, Are they the tears of farewell? The sorrow of Mokpo.

'The Tears of Mokpo' was first sung by the famous singer Lee Nan-young in the 1930s, and it greatly comforted the Korean people under the yoke of Japanese colonial rule. Today, it still enjoys phenomenal national popularity. Famous for the song 'The Tears of Mokpo', Mokpo is located at the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula. The port city was opened to the outside world for foreign residency and trade on October 1, 1897, by imperial edict by Emperor Kojong, and the Mokpo supervisory Office was established to supervise the commercial trade there.

At that time Mokpo was a hub of sea transportation and, by means of the Yongsangang River Waterway, was a gateway to inland Korea, connecting the sea to cities as far inland as Naju and Kwangju. Though it is a small city with a population of only about 260,000, Mokpo has produced a number of prominent artists including painter Huh Gon (pen-name Namnong), writer Park Hwa-song, and playwriter Cha Bom-sok. Mokpo also boasts rich tangible and intangible tourist and cultural resources. The pristine scenic beauty of the setting sun glistening over the island-strewn sea and the incomparable views of Yudalsan Mountain and Samhakdo Island captivate the hearts of tourists. Other famous attractions include the National Maritime Museum, the Folklore Museum, and the Namnong memorial Hall.

October 1, 1997, will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the port to foreign trade, so Mokpo is expanding its Social Overhead Capital investment in the construction of the West Coast Expressway, the New Outer harbor, and the International Airport in order to become a major harbor in the 21st century, the era of Northeast Asia.

On the occasion of the centennial of the opening of Mokpo as an international port, Mokpo is preparing to show a new fare to the world, that of a dynamic shipping center of the world, thus casting off the image of gloom and depression captivated in 'The Tears of Mokpo'.

To help promote the events of the centennial celebration, the Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a commemorative stamp featuring both a view of the city as it was in 1897 and the score of The Tears of Mokpo.