South Gate on Stamps


(Originally from KP May 2012, Vol. 54, No. 2) The tragic destruction of Seoul’s South Gate prompted me to look for Korean stamps featuring the Gate (Figure 9). The first I could find is Scott #104 from the 3rd Won Series, issued in 1948-49. It features a handdrawn image of the Gate on a 50-won stamp lithographed in violet blue. There are also surcharged varieties. 

Figure 9

The 2nd stamp is the 10-hwan green im-age of the Gate, Scott #252 and #271. I am un-aware of any further definitive stamps featuring the Gate. The first commemorative using an image of the Gate is KPC #326, Scott #310, part of a two-stamp issue commemorating the 1960 Olympics.

Over the years, the South Gate has appeared in numerous commemoratives, though none specifically dedicated to the South Gate. For example, Scott #479, marking the 15th Anniversary of the Liberation of Seoul, shows the South Gate with stylized fireworks above it. Some of the other stylized depictions of the Gate include Scott #1513, the ’88 Olympics; Scott #1681, UPU; and Scott #1916, Dental Congress. See some of these stamps illustrated below.

This symbol of Korea is widely known around the world. It would be fitting to see a new stamp commemorating the Gate’s reconstruction.

The above photos were published in B/W in the Korean Philately, here an example of one of those stamps showing the South Gate (동대문) in colour:

Copyright: Sujipbank



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