Tuesday, June 06, 2023


The Korea 1961 Christmas/New Year and TB seals

In 1961 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) introduced a new format for multiple seals in the Christmas and New Year/TB seal series. There are four seals, two seals with different stylized trees and bird images, another has a stylized umbrella and the other shows drops of blood and TB crosses.

The Osaka 1970 EXPO Album

The Korea Stamps Society (KSS) is pleased to the present the second article of Stewart Steres’ Series South Korea’s Commemorative Booklets. This article is about the EXPO’70 International Exhibition, held in Osaka, Japan, from March 15-September 13, 1970 in Osaka, Japan. It contains the 1970 South Korea KPSC 538, Scott 701, the 1967 first two […]


Missionary Correspondence from Kwangju, 1926

This cover is from M L Swinehart a missionary in Kwangju to an address in Virginia, USA dated to 1926.

The Number of Chollimas on Stamps Grows and Grows!

As a relatively new member of the Korea Stamp Society (KSS), I was attracted by the many articles about the images of Chollimas on stamps, especially of those of North Korea (DPRK) on the KSS website. The first article I noticed was posted on the KSS website on June 24, 2020.  I made the comment […]


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 […]

The Imperfs, Double Printings and Two-Sided Printings of Korea 1946-1953 Stamps

From the first printed stamps in South Korea in 1946 after the WWII, up to around 1953, many of those issues can be found printed as imperforated stamps, double printed stamps and stamps printed on both sides. The stamps were issued by the US Military from 1946-1948. On August 15, 1948, the South Korean government […]


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 […]

Are the Designs of North Korea’s (DPRK) Stamps commemorating the creation of the DPRK Flag and National Emblem based On a Painting?

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) issued its first set of stamps on September 19, 1948 commemorating the establishment of the DPRK on September 9, 1948, Scott 14-15. The Scott numbers for North Korea 1 -13 are for used for the Soviet occupation era. Since those stamps were issued, North Korea has issued stamps […]


Review of the Latest Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) 2022-2023

Well, with the latest Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) for 2022-2023, it is “Back to the Future” or as the saying goes: “Old is New Again”. With the help of a fellow Korea Stamp Society (KSS) member living in Korea, Tony Michell, I was finally able to obtain a copy of the 2022-2023 edition of […]

Korean Stamp Review 4th Quarter 1992 article on the Korea 1940 unissued seal

The Korean Stamp Review was a quarterly magazine published in English from 1976 to 2014 by the Korean Philatelic Center and authorized by KoreaPost. Ivo Spanjersberg published an article about one of the issues on the Korea Stamp Society’s (KSS) website. At that time Ivo wrote that some issues were available online on the KoreaPost […]

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

KPC3676-3677: Honey Bee

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 19 May 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating the “Honey Bee”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 stamps (16), at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

KPC3674-3675: Pororo The Little Penguin

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 4 May 2023 KoreaPost issued a stamp issue commemorating “Pororo The Little Penguin”. The stamps were also issued in a minisheet of 4 x 4 stamps (16), at 430 won each. The stamps were printed by Cartor for POSA.

DPRK Korea Stamp Corporation New Issues

KSC5489-5492: Magpie, National Bird of the DPRK

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 29 May 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing the “Magpie, National Bird of the DPRK”.

KSC5484-5488: Fine Arts Works

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 April 2023 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of stamps showing “Fine Arts Works”.

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