Title : The 125th Anniversary of the UPU
Stamp Serial#
2005 
KPC#
C-1527 
MICHEL#
2033 
StanGib#
2343 
Scott#
1980 
Date of Issue
10/09/1999 
Quantity
2,200,000 
Denomination
170 won  
Design
Love-delivering mail 
Designer
Chang, Hyun-ju 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The year 1999, marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union(UPU).

The UPU was founded in 1874 and has since become a specialized agency of the United Nations. Currently with 189 mimber countries, the UPU works to form a single global postal territory for the reciprocal exchange of letter-post items, to guarantee freedom of transit throughout the entire territory of the Union, to provide technical assistance as requested by member countries, to promote the development of new postal products and services, as well as to contribute to international cooperation in cultural and social fields.

In the early days of modern postal services, payment for mail was collected on delivery. The first world postal agreement was concluded among a few European countries on a bilateral basis for postal exchanges in the 17th century. The rapid development of international trade and commerce, however, rendered the existing bilateral postal exchange treaty useless, prompting a postal reform effort for orderly and uniform global postal services. As a result, the General Postal Union was created in Bern, Switzerland on October 9, 1874, with 22 countries singing the treaty, which was drafted by Heinrich von Stepha of Germany. The name "General Postal Union", was replaced by the Paris conference in 1878.

In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the UPU and to honor its aim of promoting the quality of worldwide postal service, this stamp is being issued, featuring "love-delivering mail", designed by Chang Hyun-ju. The design won the World Design Contest held in 1998.