Specialised Catalogue of Korean Stamps

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South Korea will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the inception of the modern postal system in 2024. On the occasion of this significant year, to be commemorated both nationally and internationally, PHILAKOREA will take place for the fifth time under FIP recognition. As South Korea has achieved remarkable economic growth in such a brief period, Korean philately has likewise seen rapid advancement, reaching a level that is recognised globally for its high-profile standards.

However, compared to other developed nations, Korean philately is considerably behind in developing a philatelic infrastructure and promoting this universal hobby nationwide. For instance, we have yet to produce a specialised stamp catalogue, despite the fierce competition among collectors for the most sought-after philatelic awards. This indicates that South Korea has excelled in what might be termed elite philately but has neglected to enhance the philatelic foundation to foster a grassroots interest in general philately. Thus, publishing a specialised catalogue of Korean stamps has been a longstanding task for Korean philately, and we are pleased to announce the publication of the first edition of such literature.

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8 thoughts on “Specialised Catalogue of Korean Stamps

  1. Hello Jin Hur, thanks for the information. Will we be able to buy it and how do we do it? It looks like there may be this information in Korean in the article, but even for non-readers of Korean (like myself) this catalogue will be useful. So can you please give us the instructions on how to order it in English. Bob

      1. I am very sorry. At the moment, KPF has no technical access of the automatic payment
        using PAYPAL etc. As we have received lots of requests like that of you, we are considering
        to set up the online payment system as soon as possible.
        But If you need it urgently, there is a detour way that you pay me
        through paypal and later on I deposit the money into KPF’s bank account.
        If you agree, let me know.

  2. It is strange that there is no parallel text in English in this catalogue. This does not promote the collection of South Korean stamps and old Korean stamps. There are precedents in the philatelic world. For example, excellent catalogs for Soviet Union stamps are published in Russia and Ukraine in two languages ​​- Russian and English.

    1. This is the very first edition of its’ kind. If we had put English text too, the balance of the spaces and texts
      would have been disastrously arranged. Please just think about the number of pages. If English added,
      this catalogue’s volume would be almost doubled. And we spent so much time in giving detailed explanations
      of the main points for each definitive issue even in Korean and we had actually no extra time to add the parallel
      English texts(That’s too much request) according to the original plan.
      Furthermore, I have never seen any kind of the first edition of each country’s special
      catalogues with bilingual text.
      We are planning to insert more English texts for the next edition.
      But it would be OK for the non-Korean Readers to understand the basic structure of the catalogue at the moment.

    2. It is true it would have been nice if there had been a multi-lingual version of this catalogue, but at the same time it is quite understandable there isn’t. The book is large enough as it is, putting in English text would have made it rather large (and expensive!).

      Also, when looking at specialized catalogues in other countries, they are also almost always written in the local/national language(s) only. For instance the Dutch catalogue is pretty much in Dutch only, the Belgian one is in Dutch and French (both being local languages in Belgium), the Unificato and Sassone catalogues are in Italian, Michel (mostly) in German, Yvert in French, Sakura in Japanese and Fischer (Poland) in Polish. In that sense this Korean only catalogue is really not particularly unique.

      There are good (but not as highly specialized) listings available for (South) Korea in English, for instance in the “Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue” or even in the Scott and other internationally produced catalogues.

      I understand the sentiment, but it might not be completely fair to the amount of work that the Korean compilers of the catalogue have put into the publication.

  3. This new specialized approach is a very welcome enhancement of the information given in earlier normal catalogs like KPSC.

    Postal stationery is not included I guess?

    Anyway, congretulations!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement. We planned to publish the extra edition of the postal stationery.
      Namely Volume I for stamps and Volume II for stationery. However, because of some unfortunate reasons,
      we could not make it. Therefore we erased the sign of volume.

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