|Key: ||6760 |
|Issued: ||2105 Stamps / end of 1999|
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|Area - 98,484 sq.km; Population - 47,904,000; Capital - Seoul
A Republic in eastern Asia, on the Korean peninsula, across from Japan. Economy
based on light industry and agriculture, motor vehicles and audiovisual
appliances are exported.
Formerly part of KOREA, which in 1910 was annexed by Japan. In 1945 it was
occupied by United States forces, which set up a military government until 1948.
In August of that year the Republic of Korea was established. The 38th parallel
separates it from North Korea (see KOREA, NORTH). In 1950 it was invaded by
North Korean army troops, which started the Korean War.
First South Korean stamps issued in 1946. The Korean yin-yang symbol appears on
most of the issues. Direct UPU membership since January 1st, 1900 as Imperial
Korea, direct from 1922 as Chosen and since December 17th 1949 direct as the
Republic of Korea. Annual output about 40.
|Korean script overprinted on stamps of Japan|
CH and Korean script
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
| KOREA, SOUTH|
US Military Government 1945-1948
North Korean Occupation 1950
|1000 Re = 100 Cheun = 1 Won
100 Weun = 1 Hwan (1953)
100 Chun = 1 Won (1962)