Tuesday, September 26, 2023


The Seoul Tower Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the fifth article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This article is about the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Seoul Tower.

A very early post-war philatelic cover issued for the landing at Incheon in 1945

In line with agreements regarding the planned post-WW2 dismantling of the Japanese Empire reached by the allies at the Yalta Conference in February 1945, Japan would be forced to relinquish control of all the territories it had conquered during the war or annexed prior to the outbreak of hostilities (including Korea). Korea would be divided […]


Missionary Correspondence from Wŏnsan, 1934

The cover discussed in the article is from Mrs. C. N. Weems, a Methodist missionary in Wŏnsan, Korea in 1934.

The year in stamps: 1947 “Edging towards war”

In the year 1947, the relationship between North and South Korea was fraught with tension and uncertainty. The two countries had been divided since the end of World War II, and efforts to reunify the peninsula had been met with resistance and hostility from both sides. At the same time South Korea was a nation […]


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 […]

I really liked the cute small sheets

I became interested in South Korean stamps in the 1960’s. I especially liked the cute small sheets that came with most of their stamps. I really liked the prices as most of the stamps cost 9-10 cents each and the sheets were 12-15 cents each. As my interest grew I wanted to get the earlier […]


Question to the KSS about a Presentation Sheet

Recently the Korea Stamp Society (KSS) received a question from the President of the Stamp on Stamp Collectors Club (SSCC), Lou Guadagno, about a presentation sheet that one of their members had obtained. The SSCC, like the KSS, is an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society, and was founded in 1954, only two years after […]

Chinese seal on North Korean 1950s cover?

During a 2022 stamp auction a cover showed up with a strange seal on the back of it. The cover was posted in North Korea in 1955, sent to what was at the time Czechoslovakia. The sender was probably a member of the NNSC or “Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission”, the committee which was supposed to […]


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.

Postal history documents from the USAMGIK period in the NAK archive

The database of the National Archives of Korea can be a valuable resource for philatelists interested in the postal history of the 1945-1948 USAMGIK period in Korea. By utilizing the database effectively, a philatelist can gain insights into the postal system during this time, including stamp usage, design, and production, as well as the broader […]

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

KPC3707-3708: Philately Week

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 September 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “Philately Week”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 (16) stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé for POSA.

KPC3705-3706: UNESCO Intagible Cultural Heritage (Ganggangsullae)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 14 September 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “UNESCO Intagible Cultural Heritage (Ganggangsullae)”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 10 stamps at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Southern Colour Print for POSA.

DPRK Korea Stamp Corporation New Issues

KSC5511-5512: 75th Anniv. of Founding of the DPRK

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 9 September 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “75th Anniv. of Founding of the DPRK”.

KSC5507-5510: National Inter-Provincial Games-2023

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 17 August 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps commemorating the “National Inter-Provincial Games-2023”.