KPC3338: 2018 North-South Summit

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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 12 September 2018 KoreaPost released a stamp commemorating the North-South Summit held earlier in 2018 between the presidents of both the DPRK and ROK. 

KoreaPost released this stamp in a commemorative stamp sheet of 12 (3×4) stamps of 330 won each:

Stamp sheet for KPC3338.

Information regarding the stamp:

2018 남북정상회담

디자인악수하는 두 정상
인쇄 및 색수그라비어 6도
전지구성3 × 4
발행일2018. 9. 12.
우표크기36 × 34.5
인면33 × 31.5
용지그라비어 원지

The FDC cancellation for this series:

FDC cancellation for KPC3338.

KoreaPost also released the following text:

Since 1953 when an armistice left Korea divided, the South and North have continued to seek summits aimed at achieving peaceful unification. Finally in June 2000, President Kim Dae-jung of the Republic of Korea and National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong Il of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea succeeded in holding the first inter-Korean summit and announced the June 15 South-North Joint Declaration that promised to resolve the question of reunification between the Koreas independently, address humanitarian issues and promote economic cooperation.
In October 2007, President Roh Moo-hyun and Chairman Kim Jong Il held the second inter-Korean summit and announced the October 4 Declaration on the Advancement of South-North Korean Relations, Peace and Prosperity. It called for easing tensions, further developing inter-Korean economic cooperation and resolving the nuclear problem on the Peninsula. The protracted North Korean nuclear issue and armed provocations, however, left this reconciliatory atmosphere between the two Koreas short-lived.

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and reciprocal visits by South and North Korean performers provided a turning point in inter-Korean relations, which resulted in the third inter-Korean summit on April 27, 2018, 11 years after the second summit. President Moon Jae-in and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un met for their first summit at the Souths Peace House in Panmunjeom under the theme Peace, a New Start. Expectations for a renewed relationship between the two Koreas have risen since the announcement of the Panmunjeom Declaration for Unification and Peace and Prosperity for the Korean Peninsula and the summits three main agenda items therein: the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the establishment of a permanent peace regime and the sweeping advancement of inter-Korean relations.

This positive wind of change led to the first-ever North Korea-United States summit held on June 12, 2018. Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump met in Singapore and agreed to improve North Korea-U.S. relations and cooperate for peace and prosperity not only on the Korean Peninsula but around the world. The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth. It is a great victory achieved by both the United States and the two Koreas, and a huge step forward for people across the world who long for peace President Moon assessed.

The 2018 inter-Korean summit and the first North Korea-U.S. summit have generated tides of change for peace and reconciliation. It is our hope that the tides expand beyond the Peninsula and come to be remembered in history as the start of a new era of global peace.

All relevant text and images in page copyright: 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost

Ivo Spanjersberg
Currently KSS Publisher/Webmaster, previously KSS Chairman (2018-2019). Living in Amsterdam. I collect Korean revenue stamps, see my website:

4 thoughts on “KPC3338: 2018 North-South Summit

  1. That’s actually an intriguing question, but why would such a sheet exist? I know KoreaPost does print sheets in strange shapes (such as the 2016 lighthouse sheet or the 2017 endangered wildlife sheet), but not the same sheet with different forms as such.

  2. Hi Ivo, you probably misunderstand my question.
    What I’m asking is: all the pictures of recently issued South Korea stamp sheets you showed on KSS website have a curve on each stamp, I can tell that you copy the picture and related information from KoreaPost new issue information. However, if you do receive a real sheet, you should find there is no such a curve. (see the photo of one used sheet in previous article).
    The curve means this is a specimen, I’m just wondering are these specimen available? 

  3. Hi Yi-Fu, now I understand. No, there is no such thing as a specimen stamp as such. The curve in the lower right corner is there only in these images, never in reality.

    Specimen stamps used to exist, but then as 견본 or “sample stamps”. Please see the articles by Lyman Hale for Korean Philately on this subject, published in this website. I haven’t been to a Korean post office in over two years, don’t know if the sample stamps still exist today. But even if they do still exist, they are not very useful to collect. Anyone who knows how to make a rubber stamp with the word 견본 on it can basically create these “sample stamps”, it would be way too easy to falsify them.

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