My Stamp Purchasing Experiences in North Korea


(Originally from KP May 2012, Vol. 54, No. 2)  I had visited North Korea 15 times from 2000 to 2006 with a duration of 4 weeks each. Each time I visited, I bought many souvenirs back to the US for friends and family. Souvenirs included silver coins, books, magazines, DPRK currency, and stamps. 

Stamps were widely available to tourists, and it was very easy to obtain them in the form of single stamps or stamp booklets. The stamps are sold at every bookstore, souvenir shop, and some telephone booths at major hotels in North Korea. The stamp booklets could be purchased between 2-10 US dollars per booklet, depending on the type and quantity of stamps in each booklet. Due to their inexpensive prices, the stamps made perfect gift.

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