Post Offices in Korea – December 1906

Catalogues and books

The primary intent in creating this list of post offices is to aid philatelists and researchers in the identification of postmarks used in Old Korea during the Japanese period. For the average Western philatelist not familiar, or somewhat familiar with Chinese characters, reading cancels or postal addresses can be a daunting task. This task is even more difficult given the paucity of reference material other than those written in Korean or Japanese. The current work contains 412 names but by 1922, there were slightly over 600 post offices in Korea, so much work is needed to make the list complete.

The Korean Postal Map and list of post offices was first published in an unnamed Japanese source. Unfortunately only the map was obtained without the accompanying text.

A modern postal system was established in Korea beginning in 1884; this list is pretty comprehensive showing post office locations as of the end of 1906. Post offices established as part of the Korean system are indicated by a circle ○. Post offices established by the Japanese authorities are indicated by either a white triangle △ or a black triangle ▲. The locations almost cover the entire map so it would be too confusing to include information about post office openings and closings.

The Korean system includes Communications Department offices, temporary post offices and receiving agencies. The Japanese system includes postal receiving agencies, post and telegraph receiving agencies and regular and military branch offices. In conducting research one often encounters the Japanese reading for a place name without reference to the Korean pronunciation. Both the Korean and Japanese readings for each place name are included along with the Hanja to help reduce confusion.

One aim in compiling this list of post offices is to expand the number of place names to include later additions to the postal system and to add an example cancellation from each post office.

Postal map of Korea

The source of the names is this map, shown here in two parts. The coordinates on this map can be used to locate the name in the list below.

Northern part of 1906 map.
Southern part of 1906 map.
Explanation of map features.

List of post offices

Below is the list of post offices as of December 1906. The different columns can be sorted in alphabetical order, for instance to locate a specific name in hanja by searching for all the hanja in a map grid.

KoreanJapaneseHanjaMap
AnakAngaku安岳B5
AnbyonAmpen安邊D4
AndongAntō安東E7
AnhyopAnkyō安峡C5
AnjuAnshū安州B4
AnsanAnzan安山C6
AnsongAnjō安城D6
AnuiAngi安義D8
AsanGazan牙山C7
BaechonHakusen白川B5
BaemaHakuba白馬A3
BiinPiin庇仁C7
BongsanHōzan鳳山B5
BonyongHonei保寧C7
ChaeryongSainei載寧B5
ChainJijin慈仁E8
ChanggiChōki長鬐F8
ChanghungChōkō長興C9
ChangjinChōshin長津C3
ChangnyongShōnei昌寧E8
ChangpyongShōhei昌平C8
ChangryonChōren長連A5
ChangsaengpoChōseihori長生浦E8
ChangsongShōjō昌城A3
ChangsongChōjō長城C8
ChangsuChōsui長水D8
ChangtangChōtan長湍C5
ChangwonShōgen昌原E8
ChangwonfuShōgenfu昌原府E8
ChangyonChōen長淵A5
ChasanJisan慈山B4
ChasongJijō慈城C2
ChayongkwanSharenkan車輦館A3
ChechonTeisen堤川D6
ChejuSaishū濟州A9
ChemulpoSaimoppo濟物浦C6
ChilkokShikkoku漆谷E8
ChilwonShitsugen漆原E8
ChinanChinan鎮安D8
ChinchapChinrei鎮岑C7
ChinchonChinsen鎮川D7
ChindoChintō珍島B9
ChinhaeChinkai鎮海E8
ChinjuShinshū晋州D8
ChinnamChinnam鎮南D9
ChinnampoChinnampo鎮南浦A5
ChinsanChinsan珍山C7
ChinuiShini振威C6
ChipyongTohei砥平D6
ChiryeChirei知禮D8
ChochiwonChōchiin鳥致院C7
ChodoChotō猪島E9
ChokaeSōkei草溪D8
CholsanTetsuzan鐵山A4
CholwonTetsugen鐵原C5
ChonanTenan天安C7
ChonganSeian清安D7
ChongdoSeidō清道E8
ChonghaSeika清河E7
ChongjinSeishin清津F1
ChongjuSeishū清州D7
ChongpunSeifū清風D6
ChongsanSeizan青山D7
ChongsongShōjō鍾城F1
ChongsongSeishō青松E7
ChongyangSeiyō青陽C7
ChonjuZenshū全州C8
ChonuiZengi全義C7
ChonumSeiyū井邑C8
ChorangSōryō草梁E8
ChosanSozan楚山B3
ChuksanChikusan竹山D6
ChuksongSekijō積城C5
ChunchonShunsen春川D6
ChunghwaChūwa中和B5
ChungjuChūshū忠州D6
ChungjuTeishū定州A4
ChungpyongTeihei定平D4
ChungsanSōzan甑山B4
ChungsanTeizan定山C7
ChungsunSeizen旌善E6
ChupungyongShūfūrei秋風嶺D7
DaehungTaikō大興C7
DongdaemunTōdaimon東大門C6
DongpokDōfuku同福C8
GaesanKaizan槐山D7
HadongKatō河東D8
HaejuKaishū海州B5
HaemiKaibi海美C7
HaenamKainan海南C9
HamanKanan咸安D8
HamchangKanshō咸昌D7
HamhungKankō咸興D3
HamhwanKankan咸歡
HamjungKanjū咸從A4
HampyongKampei咸平C9
HamyangKanyō咸陽D8
HamyulKanetsu咸悦C7
HangangbangKankōbō漢江坊C6
HansanKansan韓山C7
HapchonKyōsen陜川D8
HayangKayō河陽E8
HichonKisen熙川B3
HodoKotō虎島D4
HoedokKaitoku懐徳D7
HoeinKainin懐仁D7
HoengsongŌjō横城D6
HoeryongKainei會寧F1
HoeyangWaiyō淮陽D5
HongchonKōsen洪川D6
HongjuKōshū洪州C7
HongsanKōzan鴻山C7
HongwonKōgen洪原D3
HuchangKōshō厚昌C2
HungdokKōtoku興徳C8
HunghaeKōkai興海E7
HungyangKōyo興陽C9
HupkokKyūkoku歙谷D4
HwachonKasen華川D5
HwakadongKakaidō花開洞C6
HwangguaKōkan黄澗D7
HwangjuKōshū黄州B5
HwasunWajun和順C8
HyesanchinKeizanchin恵山鎮E2
HyonbungGempū玄風E8
IchonIsen伊川C5
IchonRisen利川D6
IksanEkizan益山C8
ImsilNinjitsu任實C8
InchonJinsen仁川C6
IndongJindō仁同E7
InjeRintei麟蹄D5
IwonRigen利原E3
JidoChitō智島B8
JinboShinhō眞寳E7
JonguiSeigi旌義A9
JuksanShokusan稷山C7
KadokdoKatoku Tō加徳島E9
KaechonKaisen价川B4
KaeryongKainei開寧D7
KaesongKaijō開城C5
KaewonKaigen開原
KangdongKōtō江東B4
KanggeKōkai江界C2
KanggyongKōkei江景C7
KanghwaKōka江華C6
KangjinKōshin康津C9
KangnungKōryō江陵E6
KangryongKōrei康翎B6
KangsuKōsei江西B4
KansongKanjō杆城D5
KapsanKōzan甲山D2
KapyongKahei加平D6
KasanKazan嘉山B4
KichangKichō機張E8
KiljuKisshū吉州E2
KimchonKinsen金泉D7
KimhaeKinkai金海E8
KimhwaKinka金化D5
KimjeKintei金堤C8
KimpoKimpo金浦C6
KimsongKinjō金城D5
KobuKofu古阜C8
KochangKyoshō居昌D8
KochangKōshō高敞C8
KojeKyosai巨濟E9
KoksanKokuzan谷山C5
KoksongKokujō谷城C8
KolyongKōrei高靈D8
KongjuKōshū公州C7
KonyangKonyō昆陽D9
KosanKōsan高山C8
KosongKōjō高城D5
KosongKojō固城D9
KowonKōgen高原C4
KoyangKōyō高陽C6
KumchonKinsen金川C5
KumkangKongō金溝C8
KumsanKinzan錦山D7
KumsanKinzan金山D7
KunsanGunzan群山C8
KunwiGuni軍威E7
KupoKiho龜浦E8
KuryeKyūrei求禮D8
KusongKijō龜城A3
KwachonKasen果川C6
KwaksanKakuzan懐山A4
KwanghwamunKōkamon光化門C6
KwangjuKōshū廣州C6
KwangjuKōshū光州C8
KwangyangKōyō光陽D9
KyodongKyōdō喬桐B6
KyohaKōka交河C6
KyolsongKojō結城C7
KyommipoKenjiho兼二浦B5
KyonghungKeikō慶興F1
KyongjuKyōshū慶州E8
KyongsanKeizan慶山E8
KyongsongKeijō京城C6+
KyongsongKyōjō鏡城F2
KyongwonKeigen慶源F1
MachonMaden麻田C5
MakupyongBakyūhei馬九坪C7
MankyongBankei萬頃C8
MapoMaho麻浦C6
MasanMasan馬山E8
MengsanMōzan孟山C4
MilyangMitsuyō密陽E8
MokchonMokusen木川C7
MokpoMoppo木浦B9
MuanMuan務安C9
MuchangMochō茂長C8
MujuMoshu茂朱D8
MunchonBunsen文川C4
MungyongBunkei聞慶D7
MunhwaBunka文化B5
MunuiBungi文義D7
MusanMosan茂山E1
MyongchonMensen沔川C7
MyongchonMeisen明川F2
NajuRashū羅州C9
NaktongRakutō洛東D7
NamhaeNankai南海D9
NamdaemunNandaimon南大門C6
NampyongNampei南平C9
NamwonNangen南原C8
NamyangNanyō南陽C6
NonsanRonsan論山C6
NoryangjinRoryōshin鷺梁津C6
OchonGosen鰲川C7
OkchonYokusen沃川D7
OkkwaGyokkuka玉果C8
OnchonniOnsenri温泉里C7
OngjinŌshin甕津A6
OnsongOnjō穏城F1
OnyangOnyō温陽C7
OsanUsan烏山C6
Oukkang (Okku)Yokuko沃溝C8
PajuHashū坡州C6
PakchonHakusen博川B4
PianHian比安E7
PildongHitsudō筆洞C6
PochonHōsen抱川C5
PonghwaHōka奉化E7
PoonHōon報恩D7
PosongHōjō寶城C9
PuanFuan扶安C8
PukangFukō芙江D7
PukchangpyongHokusōhei北蒼坪F1
PukchongHokusei北青D3
PukoFukyo富居F1
PungchonHōsen豊川A5
PungdokHōtoku豊徳C5
PungkiHōki豊基E7
PupyongFuhei富平C6
PuryongFunei富寧F1
PusanFusan, Fuzan釜山E8
PuyoFuyo扶餘C7
PyongchangHeishō平昌E6
PyonghaeHeikai平海E7
PyongkangHeikō平康C5
PyongsanHeisan平山C5
PyongtaekHeitaku平澤C6
PyongyangHeijō平壌B4
PyukdongHekidō碧潼B3
RakanRakkan樂安C9
RangpoRampo藍浦C7
RimchonRinsen林川C7
RimpiRinhi臨陂C8
RyeanReian禮安E7
RyongchonRensen漣川C5
RyongsanReisan靈山E8
RyongsanRonzan連山C7
RyosanReisan礪山C7
RyungjuRyoshū綾州C9
SachonShisen泗川D9
SakjuSakushū朔州A3
SamchokSanchoku三陟E6
SamhwaSanwa三和B5
SamkaSanka三嘉D8
SamnangjinSanrōshin三浪津E8
SamsuSansui三水D2
SamtongSantō三登B4
SanchongSansei山清D8
SangjuShōshū尚州D7
SangnyongSakunei朔寧C5
SangwonShōgen祥原B5
SariwonShariin沙利院B5
SeoulKanjō漢城C6
SihungShikō始興C6
SinchangShinsho新昌C7
SinchonShinsen信川B5
SingnyongShinnei新寧E8
SingyeShinkei新溪C5
SinjongShinmachi新町C6
SinmakuShimbaku新幕B5
SinuijuShingishū新義州A3
SochonJosen舒川C7
SodaemunNishidaimon西大門
SohungZuikō瑞興B5
SonghwaShōka松禾A5
SonghwanSeikan成歓C6
SongjinShōshin松真E9
SongjinJōshin城津E3
SonsanZensan善山D7
SosanZuisan瑞山C7
SuanSuian遂安B5
SuhojinSeikoshin西湖津D4
SukchonShukusen粛川B4
SuksongSekijō石城C7
SunanJunan順安B4
SunchangJunshō淳昌C8
SunchonJunsen順川B4
SunchonJunten順天D9
SunchonSensen宣川A4
SungchonSeisen成川B4
SungjuSeishu星州D8
SunhungJunkō順興E7
SuwonSuigen水原C6
SuwonfuSuigenfu水原府C6
TaeanTaian泰安B7
TaechonTaisen泰川B3
TaechonTaiden大田D7
TaeguTaikyū大邱E8
TaeinTaijin泰仁C8
TaejongTaisei大静A9
TamyangTanyō潭陽C8
TanchonTansen端川E3
TangjinTōshin唐津C6
TangsongTanjō丹城D8
TanyangTanyō丹陽D7
TolsanTotsusan突山D9
TongchonTsūsen通川D5
TongjinTsūshin通津C6
TongnaeTōrai東萊E8
TongyongTōei統營D9
TosanTozan兎山C5
TosongDojō土城C5
TtuksomTokutō纛島C6
TukchonTokusen徳川C4
TuksanTokusan徳山C7
TunpooTonho屯浦C7
UchongdoOsei Tō於青島B7
UihungGikō義興E7
UijuGishū義州A3
UiryongGinei宣寧D8
UisongGijō義城E7
UljinUtchin蔚珍E6
UllundoUtsuryō Tō鬱陵島F6
Ullung DoUtsuryō Tō欝陵島F6
UlsanIsan蔚山E8
UmchukInchiku隂竹D6
UmsongInjō隂城D7
UnbongUmpō雲峰D8
UngchonYūsen熊川E8
UnggiYūki雄基F1
UnjinOnshin恩津C7
UnnyulInritsu殷栗A5
UnsanUnzan殷山B4
UnsanUnzan雲山B3
UnyangGenyō彦陽E8
WaegwanWaikan倭館E7
WandoKantō莞島C9
WiwonIgen渭原B3
WonjongMotomachi元町C6
WonjuGenshū原州D6
WonsanGenzan元山D4
YangchonYōsen陽川C6
YangdukYōtoku陽徳C4
YangguYōkō楊口D5
YangjiYōchi陽智C6
YangjuYōshū楊州C6
YangkungYōne楊根D6
YangsanRyōsan梁山E8
YangsongYōjō陽城C6
YangyangJōyō襄陽E5
YechonReisen醴泉D7
YesanReisan禮山C7
YojuReishū驪州D6
YonanEnan延安B6
YongamReigan靈巌C9
YongampoRyūgampo龍岩浦A3
YonganRyūan龍安C7
YongchonEisen榮川E7
YongchonEisen永川E8
YongchonRyūsen龍川A3
YongchunEishun永春E6
YongdokEitoku盈徳E7
YongdongEidō永同D7
YongdongpoEitōho永登浦C6
YonggangRyūkō龍岡B4
YonggwangReikō靈光C8
YonghaeNeikai寧海E7
YonghongEikō永興C4
YongilEnjitsu延日E7
YonginRyūjin龍仁C6
YongkiEnki燕岐C7
YongpongEnhō延豊D7
YongpyongEihei永平C5
YongsanRyūzan龍山C6
YongsanpoEisanho榮山浦C9
YongtamRyūtan龍澤D8
YongungRyūgū龍宮D7
YongwonNeien寧遠C3
YongyangEiyō英陽E7
YongyuEijū永柔B4
YosuReisui麗水D9
YungbyonNeihen寧邊B3
YungwolNeietsu寧越E6
YunsanRonzan論山C6
YusongRojō魯城C7

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