Sunday, March 03, 2024


The Korea 1970 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1970 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) changed its format for issuing TB seals by issuing 20 different designs. All the designs depict a stylized child, either a boy or a girl, in different scenes of play. Actually there were 10 distinct designs with the second row of the sheets depicting the seals with […]

PhilaKOREA ’84 Brochures

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the tenth article of Stewart Steres’ Series “South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets”. This article is about the Korean World Philatelic Exhibition of 1984.


Postal stations and mapae as a means of communication before the implementation of modern postal services

Korea’s official postal system was established around 487 AD. The purpose of this system was for the central government to issue orders to local government offices. This is called the postal station system.

Old Korean newspapers with 1900 cancellations on 1 poon surcharged stamps

The Korea post office ordered an ordinance to use 1 poon stamp for mailing newspapers in 1900. Yet there were no stamps with a 1 poon value, so the post office surcharged 1 poon on the existing 1895 Tae-Guk stamps and let them be used until the new 1 poon stamps will be published. Those […]


How to save a stamp society?

This month marks the 6th anniversary of the most recent iteration of the Korean Stamp Society (KSS), probably the 5th or 6th iteration of the KSS depending on how you would like to count. Started in late 1951, the KSS went through its very first crisis within a year, but managed to survive. During the […]

What do I collect?

I think I have to qualify this with the phrase “at the moment” because like some collectors my passion changes according to chance discoveries and predilections, the money in my pocket and time available. This note records collecting interests between October and December 2022. I am not the distinguished collector who grinds away at a […]


Korea Postage Stamp Museum card officially issued by KoreaPost?

From one of our readers we received the following question: I recently received a postcard from the Korea Postage Stamp Museum, which features an interesting design. On the front, it is a typical postcard, but what caught my attention is the back side, which prominently displays a penguin stamp from the year 2008. Could someone […]

(Q&A) Seeking Clarity: The 1957 Korean Postal Rate and Gwanghwamun’s Dual Names

A Swiss collector has come across a piece from 1957, a registered airmail letter from Korea to the USA. This has sparked curiosity about the breakdown of the postal tariffs, including airmail and registration fees, during that era. What resources or references could possibly shed light on the Korean postal tariffs used at the time?


“Chebu” Book Review

A literally massive philatelic book has been published on Korean philatelic history. In this article Joel Lee, member of the KSS, introduces the book authored by Na Bong-ju and its background.

Korea Chapter of “Senf Weltkatalog, 1915 issue”

Senf Brothers The Brothers Senf (Gebr. Senf) of Leipzig/Germany operated a famous stamp shop from 1874 and had an “all world stationery service”. From 1892, they issued the Senf stamp catalogs. They also used a small guarantee mark “Gebr. Senf” on the reverse of postage stamps they offered.

Korea-related Philatelic News

Auction News Update: Korean items in worldwide auctions

Once in a while we report on the KSS website on interesting items showing up in stamp auctions worldwide. Here are some of these items from the last few months from Cherrystone Auctions, Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner and Chiswick Auctions, plus some Ebay items related to the Korean War.

A KSS Member’s Trip to the Heohyeon Underground Shopping Center Stamp Dealers’ Area

A career choice brought me and my Korean stamp collection that I started 30 years ago, back to the ROK. Korea certainly has changed in numerous positive and interesting ways but much like the US, the pastime of stamp collecting seems to have lost some of its appeal to technology.

ROK KoreaPost New Issues

KPC3728: 100th anniversary of the birth of Park Whamok

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 15 February 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Park Whamok. The stamps were issued in a minisheet containing 15 (3×5) stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

KPC3724-3727: Repatriated Cultural Heritage

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 30 January 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating Repatriated Cultural Heritage. The stamps were issued in a minisheet containing 16 (4×4) stamps which are “valid forever”. The stamps were printed by KOMSCO.

DPRK Korea Stamp Corporation New Issues

KSC5538-5541: 82nd Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 16 February 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “82nd Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il”.

KSC5531 – 5535: The Ninth Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Central Committee of the WPK

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 2 February 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating “The Ninth Plenary Meeting of the Eighth Central Committee of the WPK”.

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