The Tourism Stamps of South Korea

South Korea

Tourism stamps are a unique and collectible way for a country to promote itself as a tourism destination. In the 1964 South Korea began issuing tourism stamps as a way to attract visitors and generate revenue. These stamps featured iconic images and landmarks from around the country, and were sold as a set of ten single stamps and five souvenir sheets to collectors and tourists alike. The Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) gives this issue of ten stamps the catalogue numbers KPSC 306-15. The five souvenir sheets are numbered as KPSC 311a-315a. The Scott catalog gives the series the numbers 434-443 and the souvenir sheets, 439a-443a.

During the 1960’s, South Korea was still trying to rebuild and modernize after the Korean War, and tourism was seen as a way to bring in foreign exchange and boost the economy. The country began to develop its infrastructure, including hotels, airports, and cultural attractions, to make it more appealing to tourists.

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Ivo Spanjersberg
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  1. This is the best series stamp set which South Korea has ever issued so far. Actually this tourism series set is the only second issue after the musical instruments sets in 1963. Printed by lithography-offset. But they look like engraved stamps at first glance. 10 stamps were designed by two brilliant artists(maybe the two bests even up to now), Bak KANG and Chun-Hwan KANG. Bak KANG took care of face value 1, 4, 8, 9won and Chun-Hwan KANG desinged the others.
    Korea Post made intentionally 5 souvenir sheets with same face value 11won of each 2 stamps put together, so that the value of each sheet is identical and, therefore, they could be easily calculated at the post office.

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