Title : World Stamp Day
Stamp Serial#
1968 
KPC#
C-1497 
MICHEL#
1996 
StanGib#
2307 
Scott#
1942 
Date of Issue
10/09/1998 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Going around the world by postage stamp balloon 
Designer
Kim, Ik- sang 
Image Area
26mm*36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
To celebrate World Stamp Day on October 9, the Universal Postal Union(UPU) has proposed that each country issue a special commemorative stamp to be known as the World Stamp. The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication has responded enthusiastically to this proposal, holding the International Postage Stamp Design Contest to create the new stamp.

The world's first postage stamp was the British Penny Black, issued on May 6, 1840, as a result of Rowland Hill's postal reforms. The first stamp to be issued in Korea was the Moon-Wi Stamp, created by Hong Young-shik on November 18, 1884, to commemorate the landmark opening of the Postal Services Bureau. Today, people around the world enjoy collecting postage stamps as a hobby. As a collector's item, the importace of stamps now far exceeds their original postage function.

Postage stamps are often regarded as a cultural treasure trove that embraces the politics, economy, society, culture, and customs of the issuing country, all in a fingernail-sized space. Through stamps, we can get a glimpse of the unique customs and lifestyles of countries all over the world. Stamps are also an easy and fun way to study world history, as many stamps are issued in commemoration of specific people or events.

The Korean contribution to World Stamp Day will be the winning design submitted in the Ministry of Information and Communication's contest. This stamp, which will be issued on October 9, features a hot-air ballon with a globe-shaped canopy and a stamp-shaped underhanging basket, symbolizing an around the world trip. We invite you to celebrate World Stamp Day by adding this truly unique stamp to your collection.