Saturday, May 25, 2024


Bank payment slip with revenue stamp showing missionary activity in Korea in 1970

This document shown here is a payment slip dated February 23, 1970, for the sum of 21,912 won, payable to Robert Roth. This transaction took place through Chohung Bank, located at Kwanghwa-mun, Seoul, and was associated with the Methodist World Mission Korea. The precision of the amount suggests that it was not a standard donation, […]

The Korea 1972 Christmas and New Year/TB seals

In 1972 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) went back to a more simplified program with a design of a block of seals with four different images. The top two seals of the block depict a stylized rural scene, with the bottom pair depicting a stylized scene of a cow sleeping near a road with […]


Japanese era postcard showing statistics with a twist

The postcard presented here is a significant historical artifact that encapsulates a critical period in Korea’s history under Japanese colonial rule. The intricate design of the postcard, adorned with a traditional Korean structure and overlaid with statistical graphs, belies the grim narrative that the data represents—a narrative of a population under the strain of foreign […]

More fake cancellations on Korea 1884 issue stamps showing up in auctions

Recently more fake marks on genuine 1884 stamps showed up in auctions and online. This article discusses the findings from a recent Berlin auction and explores the complexities of stamp verification through professional scrutiny and historical context.


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 […]


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.

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 […]


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

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.

KPC3748-3757: Pinkfong & Baby Shark (핑크퐁과 아기상어)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 3 May 2024 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “Pinkfong & Baby Shark“ (핑크퐁과 아기상어). The stamps were issued in a minisheet containing 10 stamps of 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.