Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Hong Yong-Sik, the postmaster general, took the lead in modernizing the postal system. Thanks to the efforts of the enlightenment group Ujongsa, the public department responsible for postal service, was set up in 1882 and Woo-jong-chong-guk (우정총국), or the countryˊs Post Office, was established in 1884 to supervise and control the new postal system. On October 1 in lunar calendar the same year (November 18 in solar calendar) Munwi stamps (mun was the then monetary unit) were issued for the first time in the country, signalling the start of the modern postal service.
The Korean Postal Bureau (Woo-jong-chong-guk, 우정총국), which started the nation’s first modern postal service in 1884, is located in Gyeonji-dong, Jung-gu, central Seoul.
Jang, Yeong-Sil (장영실) was a fifteenth century Korean scientist and astronomer during the Joseon Dynasty. Although Jang was born into the servant/slave class (Cheonmin), King Sejong's new policy of breaking class barriers during the Joseon Dynasty allowed Jang to be recruited into the national civil service and to work at the royal place. Jang's inventions, such as the rain gauge (called Cheokugye), water gauge, highlighted the technological advancements of the Joseon Dynasty.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Here is Melissa and Scott's interview for the "Korea Today" program on the Arirang channel. Click on the icon for "2014-08-05: KOREA TODAY." The interview begins at 25:28.