KSC5224-5227: Korean Folk Customs

New Releases DPRK

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published a stamp series showing Korean folk customs from “the period of the feudal Joson dynasty” and Koguryo.

According to Korea Stamp Corporation, “Folk games Koreans have played traditionally include hunting contest, ssirum (Korean style of wrestling), tug of war, jumping seesaw, swinging, janggi (Korean chess), paduk (go), yut, konu, singing and dancing by peasants, top-spinning, rope skipping, kite flying and sleighing.” The Korean terms for these activities are 사냥경기, 씨름, 바줄당기기, 널뛰기, 그네뛰기, 장기, 바둑, 윷놀이, 고누, 농악놀이, 팽이치기, 줄넘기, 연띄우기 and 썰매타기.


The stamps in the series have the following value/design:

  • 50 won stamp: Hunting contest (In the period of Koguryo)
  • 50 won stamp: Ssirum (Korean Wrestling) (In the period of the feudal Joson dynasty)
  • 50 won stamp:Tug of War (In the period of the feudal Joson dynasty)
  • 50 won stamp: Jumping Seesaw (In the period of the feudal Joson dynasty)
Sp5224 “Hunting contest in the period of Koguryo”
Sp5225 “Ssirum (Korean Wrestling) in the period of the feudal Joson dynasty”
Sp5226 “Tug of War in the period of the feudal Joson dynasty”
Sp5227 “Jumping Seesaw in the period of the feudal Joson dynasty”

Technical details

1. Stamps (4 values)
Date of Issue: November 22 Juche 108 (2019)
Stock No.: 5224-5227
Size: 59.5 x 31.5 mm
Denomination: 50 won x 4
Price: $2.00 (4 stamps perf.)
Designer: Kim Won Myong, Kang Chol U
Printing: Offset
Sheet Composition: 4 x 5
Quantity: 4/30.000 (Perf.), 4/2.000 (Imperf.)
2. FDC
Size: 162 x 114 mm
Designer: Kang Chol U
Quantity: 500


The stamps are also available on FDC:

Fp5224-5227 FDC

Stamp leaflet

The new issue stamp leaflet for this issue was also released:

Leaflet (front)
Leaflet (back)

All images in page copyright: 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation.

Stamp release news is strictly for philatelic purposes only.

Buying DPRK stamps
Besides ordering directly from the KSC, North Korean new issues are also available through our member Per-Olof Jönsson’s store on Delcampe or by contacting him directly by email at koreascandia@yahoo.com. Please note that all business is done without any KSS involvement, KSS assumes no responsibility for any dealings with any stamp dealer.
Per-Olof Jönsson
I am member of KSS and collector of North Korean stamps since very long. I happen to be Client No. 2 at KSC, importing and selling DPRK stamps since 2005. Now also proud member of the KSS “North Korea Specialist Collectors” and responsible for the KSS New Releases DPRK.

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