Title : The Centennial of the Opening of Masan Port
Stamp Serial#
1982 
KPC#
C-1509 
MICHEL#
2010 
StanGib#
2321 
Scott#
1955 
Date of Issue
05/01/1999 
Quantity
2,200,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
A Panaramic View of Masan Port and the Score of "I want to Go" 
Designer
Lee, Keun-moon 
Image Area
53mm*20mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
3*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
"My hometown on the south sea. I see the blue water in front of my eyes. I can't forget it even in my dreams, the calm sea of my hometown..." In his song, "I Want to Go", Lee Eun-sang, a famous Korean poet, describes his longing for his hometown, Masan, and the sea surrounding the port city he left when he was young.

Masan was opened to foreign trade in 1899, the third year of King Kojong's "kwangmu" (martial brilliance) reign. This was during the Great Han Empire, and outside powers were intensifying their efforts to penetrate the country. Attractive for its strategic military and economic importance at the time, the port city suffered in the foreign imperialists race to seize control of Korea, but at the same time modernized in its struggle to stave off a takeover.

Masan city, with a population of more than 430,000, is an artistic center, producing a number of prominent artist including: renowned poets Lee Eun-sang and Chon Sang-byung; composer Cho Du-nam; children's literary writer Lee Won-soo; and sculptor Mun Shin.

Masan is also famous for its natural beauty - Totsom Island, Kwangam Beach, as well as the Muhak and P'alyong Mountains. Masan is preparing a wide range of commemorative projects for the upcoming centennial, including the establishment of a municipal folklore museum and the publication of a book chronicling the 100-year history of Masan as an international port.

The Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a commemorative stamp for the centennial. With its state-of-the-art port facilities, Masan is transforming itself into a central trade center and export base.