When the war drums stop, so does the KSC

The Korea Stamp Corporation, the stamp issuing organization of the DPRK (North Korea), generally creates stamp along several lines of themes. One of those common themes is something along the lines of “the eternal fight for the motherland against our enemies”. The thing is: the official feelings towards these enemies, whomever they may be (usually […]

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Reader’s question: Why are local 1930s revenue stamps never offered “used on document”?

Since first seeing a South Korean revenue stamp in 2010 (when I needed one for a visa document while already in Korea) I have been collecting information about Korean revenue stamps. What is noticeable in my database of 6000+ notes on Korean revenue stamps that some stamps are very easy to collect “used on document” […]

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KSC5338-5339: 60th Anniv. of Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the Presidium of the WPK Central Committee

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 7 April 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a set of a stamp and a souvenir sheet commemorating the “60th Anniv. of Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the Presidium of the WPK Central Committee”. The text the KSC released for this issue states: “Pukchong Enlarged Meeting of the […]

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KPC3492-3501: Folding Screen with Birds, Flowers and Animals

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 4 April 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing parts of a large classical Korean folding screen, with the individual images of the screen used for the designs of individual stamps. The whole series was also issued in a souvenir sheet, which shows the whole screen.

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KPC3489-3491: Korean Aircrafts (3rd series)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 25 March 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of three stamps showing aircraft produced in Korea. Last year’s series showed helicopters produced by Korea Aerospace Industries, this year shows a combination of types of aircraft: the T-50B jet, the KUH-1 helicopter and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) RQ-101. Interestingly, the […]

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KPC3485-3488: The Historic Architecture in Korea – Neo-Confucian Academies (Special Edition)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 11 March 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing historical Korean buildings. Last year the series showed historical architecture in general, this year the series shows Neo-Confucian academies. These used to be important centers of learning in Korea. The academies on the stamps are located in Andong (안동), […]

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KPC3481-3484: The Historic Architecture in Korea – Neo-Confucian Academies

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 11 March 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing historical Korean buildings. Last year the series showed historical architecture in general, this year the series shows Neo-Confucian academies. These used to be important centers of learning in Korea. The academies on the stamps are located in Andong (안동), […]

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KPC3477-3480: Repatriated Cultural Heritage

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 26 February 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing examples of items which form part of Korean cultural heritage and which were previously taken to a location outside of Korea but which have recently been returned to Korea. This unfortunate situation of cultural heritage no longer residing, for […]

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KPC3476: 50th Anniversary of KAIST

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 16 February 2021 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of KAIST. KAIST (formerly the “Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology”) is a national research university located in Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon, South Korea. KAIST was established by the Korean government in 1971 as the nation’s first public, […]

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KSC5320: 79th Birthday of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 16 February 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp “to mark the 79th birthday of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il. The stamp reflects Chairman Kim Jong Il’s birthplace in the Paektusan Secret Camp and Jong Il Peak.”

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How Stalin and Mao disappeared from the map of Pyongyang

After the Second World War quite a few cities in Western democracies had a “Stalin Street”. At the time this was quite understandable: the Soviet Union had from 1941 been an important ally against Nazi Germany. However, these streets disappeared overnight when the Soviet army invaded Hungary in 1956. The Stalinlaan in Amsterdam for instance […]

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KPC3473-3475: Geostationary Korea Multi Purpose Satellite GEO-KOMPSAT, Cheollian

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 January 2021 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps showing the “Geostationary Korea Multi Purpose Satellite GEO-KOMPSAT”, also named the “Cheollian”. The KOMPSAT or Korean Multi-Purpose Satellite is a series of South Korean multipurpose satellite for reconnaissance, communication, meteorological, environmental, agricultural and oceanographic monitoring applications.

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