Thursday, June 13, 2024


The Korea 1973 Christmas and New Year/TB seals

In 1973 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) program produced a design of  the Christmas/TB seals with only two different images. The two seals depict a Korean boy and girl in traditional Korean dress. The seals were printed by lithography, in sheets of 100 and 50 seals, a souvenir sheet and it said that a […]

Korean War POW Mail: 70 years after the armistice

The following is an expansion of two articles which were recently published in the American Philatelist and The London Philatelist. Rather than simply republishing them, they are combined and expanded here to tell a more detailed story. Mail to and from the largest POW components (excluding South Koreans) – American and British – are detailed […]


The year in stamps: 1955 “Starting the road out of war”

South Korea in 1955 was a year of both progress and challenges. The country was still recovering from the aftermath of the Korean War, but there were signs of growth and development. While the political situation remained tense, the people of South Korea continued to work hard to rebuild their lives and build a better […]

North Korea: Problems prepaying the post-armistice airmail rates, 1953-1956

At some date after the signing of the Armistice on 27 July 1953, for reasons known only to the North Korean postal administration, a decision was made to introduce an airmail fee of 75 won. That this was likely due to the huge influx of members of the two Neutral Nations Commissions (NNRC and NNSC) […]


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 […]


What is this “stamp box” item?

One of our readers recently sent us this question: While cleaning out my attic, I came across a meticulously wrapped stamp box. I cannot identify the stamps since I don’t read Chinese characters. However, I could understand the part on the cover that says “November 18, 1884.” The red stamp has “5Mn” written at the […]

Korean meter depicting Archaeopteryx: manufacturer and time frame?

Meter franking is not a very popular subject. Many collectors actively dislike these ink “stamps” because they have been replacing stamps for decades, making it more difficult to collect recent postal history with “real” stamps. But meter franks are official postage and they are valid philatelic items for exhibitions and such.


Decoding Cheon Stamps: Unveiling a Stamp Editions Myth

In the fascinating realm of philately, the classification and study of stamps often reveal intriguing insights into history, culture, and even the nuances of artistic expression. A striking example of this is presented in an enlightening article titled “The truth about the classification of ‘Cheon’ handwriting surcharge stamp plates” by Oh Byeong-yoon, published on December […]

Debunking Myths: The Reality of ‘Taegeuk’ Stamps Editions

In the world of philately, the distinction between different editions of stamps can be a matter of intense debate and interest. A prime example of this is found within the Korean stamp collecting community, particularly regarding the ‘Taegeuk’ stamps and the ‘Cheon’ surcharged series stamps. Traditionally, these stamps have been categorized into first and reprint […]

Korea-related Philatelic News

Specialised Catalogue of Korean Stamps

South Korea will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the inception of the modern postal system in 2024. On the occasion of this significant year, to be commemorated both nationally and internationally, PHILAKOREA will take place for the fifth time under FIP recognition. As South Korea has achieved remarkable economic growth in such a brief period, […]

News about the Postponement of “Philakorea 2024” to 2025

Korea Post has made the decision to postpone Philakorea 2024 to 2025. Although the head of the Korean delegation to Thailand 2023 announced and confirmed that Philakorea would be held in August, 2024 on the occasion of the Korean Night event, general government budget situation forced every organization under the government control to radically cut […]

ROK KoreaPost New Issues

KPC3759: Love Parents

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 31 May 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating parent’s day titled “Love Parents“. The stamp was issued in a minisheet containing 4×4 (16) stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Royal Joh. Enschede for POSA.

KPC3758: Donghak Peasant Revolution

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 10 May 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the “Donghak Peasant Revolution“. The stamp was issued in a minisheet containing 4×4 (16) stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

DPRK Korea Stamp Corporation New Issues

KSC5560-5564: 10 000 Flats Built at the Second Stage in the Hwasong Area

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 31 May 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing the “10 000 Flats Built at the Second Stage in the Hwasong Area”.

KSC5555-5559: Kangdong Greenhouse Complex

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 31 May 2024 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing the “Kangdong Greenhouse Complex”.