KSS Membership

Since 1952 the Korea Stamp Society has been there for all philatelists worldwide interested in philatelic subjects related to Korea. If you want to join the KSS then we have good news for you: until further notice joining the KSS will be for free. You can apply for KSS membership by filing out the KSS membership registration form.

Please note that membership is for free, but not worthless! We review all applications for “seriousness”. While we are not very picky about your philatelic preferences when reviewing your application, any application found to be containing obviously fake or nonsense information is rejected.

If in the future Korea Philately magazine is send to members again membership fees might be reintroduced because of the cost of printing and postage. However, all members will be informed first about a possible change in policy regarding membership fees, meaning you can then decide for yourself whether to remain a member or not.

As a (new) member you will get a free KSS website account. This is needed as a (new) member in order to be able to add content to the website, interact with other KSS website users and see articles which are for KSS members only. Your home address (see registration form fields) is needed because the KSS does occasionally send out information by post to members. We will never share your address information with any third party without your express permission.

After clicking “Submit” in the membership we will review your information. Please allow up to 48 hours for your membership to be confirmed.

This is needed due to European Union regulations. Although the KSS is incorporated in the USA we still feel it is best for us to ask you for your consent.

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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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KSC5321-5323: Pyongyang Golf Course

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 25 February 2021 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps and a souvenir sheet showing the “Pyongyang Golf Course, which is situated at the Thaesong lakeside at the foot of Mt Sokchon, has an 18-hole course, nine holes each in two parts with an accommodation […]

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Too early use of KPSC R2 (Scott 56) on card?

Sometimes something comes up by accident which may be too good to be true. Or not, of course. One such item is this quite attractive card. It is a Japanese produced postal card of 5 sen which was used in South Korea as a card worth 5 jeon, uprated with another stamp for 5 jeon, […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 10)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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The Korea Stamp Society’s Seal of Approval

Throughout the history seals have adorned letters and manuscripts. Whether wax or paper, this simple practical device has been utilised as a messenger in its own right, demonstrating power and status, highlighting a worthy cause or sending a seasonal greeting (see the famous TB Christmas seals). The seal and its cinderella cousin have a justified […]

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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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Photos for 1960s editions of Korean Philately

In the 1960s and for several decades afterwards David Phillips often wrote for Korean Philately magazine as well as being for some time the publisher of KP. He was also a producer of many philatelic publications including some of the best philatelic publications on Korea. This was at a time when next to nothing was […]

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Story of L’Abbe Pierre Pasquier

The Catholic Church in Korea started when Yi Sŭnghun came back from China after he had been baptized. He met Yi Pyŏk and Chŏng Yakchŏn, and together they built a faith community. The community remained viable even after small and large persecutions (about 10) during the almost 100 year long period starting with the Sinhae […]

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Postal stationery used in Northern Korea (I): Japanese colonial era 1944-1945

Preface: This series of articles derive from discussions among several KSS member collectors. Some of them are interested in collecting Korean (and Japanese) philatelic items but feel confused in distinguishing different surcharges of early Korean postal stationeries since they cannot read Hanja and Hangul.

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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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Interesting items in Soler y Llach and Gärtner auctions

Several interesting items are shown in current auctions run by Soler y Llach and Gärtner. These items are a cover (Soler y Llach) and postcards (Gärtner) with stamps from the classical period of Korean philatelic history, in this case covers sent between 1897 and 1904.

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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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Japan Playing with Korea

Recently I purchased a postcard showing a Japanese woman throwing images of the first Korean stamps into the air and it intrigued me what this postcard represented. Does any reader know the story behind this postcard? Is it a propaganda anti-Japanese postcard? Where there any other types of these postcards printed?

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Lee Neung-hwa, an unknown historical figure and a stamp collector in a time of turmoil

In Joseon (Korea) in the 33rd year (1896) of King Gojong‘s rule a French person, Emile Martel (1874-1949), established the French Language School in Seoul as a governmental institute in Jong-ro-gu, now known as Susong-dong (Korean: 수송동). Martel arrived in Korea in July 1894 at the age of only twenty years old. Subsequently this school […]

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Reader’s Question: How to order from KoreaPost and what about all these new DPRK stamps?

We received a message from one of our readers, Peter, who has two questions. One is on the KoreaPost international stamp sales website and the inability to actually order something through that website, a point raised quite often by both KSS members and visitors of the KSS website. The other question is on North Korean […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 9)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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Classic Korea stamps and covers with Holcombe certificates (Rapp auction)

We are always on the look out for interesting Korean philatelic materials showing up in auctions. One noticeable item showing up in a Rapp auction (“Rapp Auktion Nr. 39 und Nr. 40 von 23. bis 28. November 2020“) is item nr. 2826. This item is listed in both German and English. The Korean items shown […]

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Testing the South Korean postal system after first liberation of Seoul

Shown here are two cards, one sent by correspondent Richard Johnston, the other by correspondent Charles Grutzner, both to their own (postal) addres. Neither were actually handled handled by the US Army-Air Force Postal Service, which means they probably do not qualify as ‘private usage’ in this instance. (See this KP article for the background […]

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Korean Philately Vol. 57 No. 1 (Q1 2021)

The KSS has published a new edition of the KSS magazine, Korean Philately, the first KP for 2021! As a member you can download this edition of Korean Philately for free as a PDF. And again, just as was the case with all four issues for 2020, you can own a full-colour magazine-style hard-copy version […]

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Korean forgeries (VII): 10 poon issued July 22 1895 (1st Printing); 1896 (2nd Printing) etc.

The second stamp in the Taegeuk series is the 10 poon. The stamp is designated Scott #7 deep blue (both printings), KPSC #4 (1st printing; #4a 2nd printing and Minkus #4. Black and white images and data are from Brady-Tyler, Zirkel, G. La Francesca and colour images and data are from MikeG Canada (Stampboards), Florian […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 8)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In 1957 Korea introduced the first of its Christmas and New Year stamps and souvenir sheets. These were quite attractive and colourful. They also appealed to children stamp collectors and in fact, this is why I started to collect Korean stamps when I was a child. I loved the little colourful souvenir sheets. The individual […]

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KSC5300-5314: Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 20 December 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps titled “Military Parade Held in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea”. As the KSC describes them, these “stamps were issued to reflect the military parade held in celebration […]

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Ray Radke Remembers – Again

This story begins on 1 December 1951 during the breakout from the inlet. I was a Sergeant with Colonel MacLean’s forward CP when the Chinese first attacked the night of 27 November, 1951. Milo Paynovich and I left the perimeter walking along the edge of the reservoir. We came to an area where logs were […]

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More about the authenticity of KSC #5 (Sc #11) on 1948 postcard

(Editor: a recent question by Chen Yi-Fu led to quite a few answers being given in the comments section. The original article/question can be found here.) This small article is trying to answer some comments about the authenticity of KSC #5 (Sc #11) Secondary anniversary of the labour law.

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KPC3471-3472: Korea-Russia Joint Issue

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 15 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of stamps jointly issued with Russia. Both stamps show bears, one for Russia (the Ursus arctos arctos) and one for Korea (the Ursus thibetanus ussuricus). The Ussuri black bear (Ursus thibetanus ussuricus), also known as the Manchurian black bear, is a large […]

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Flags of Countries Participating in the Korean War: Flag Errors

In 1951 Korea issued a series of 42 stamps featuring flags of 21 countries that provided assistance in the Korean War (June 1950- July1953). Armed forces were sent from 16 United Nations countries, most from the United States. Five others, including Italy, the only Non-member State to participate (becoming a member on 14 December 1955), […]

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KSC5295-5298: Historical Remains

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 10 December 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a series of stamps showing “historical remains of the Korean nation” such as several bronze works.

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Examples of Korean War era Dutch soldiers’ cards in Dutch auction

The Dutch mail auction ‘Sheraton & Peel’ by René Hillesum Filatelie (since 1991) offers a selection of Dutch (and Colonies) and international philatelic materials. The upcoming auction of December 23 is offering several postal history items of interest to Korea collectors.

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Post-war reconstruction of South Korea through 1973 tourism stamp

After the Korean War for well over a decade the economic development of South Korea was at a stand still. The country was considered an economic “basket case”. However, during Park Chung-hee’s reign the country began to grow rapidly. One visible effect were the many newly constructed roads and bridges, which featured a lot on […]

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New KSS Member Wishes to Trade for Used North Korean Stamps

My name is Paul Scholtens and I live in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. During the Covid-19 pandemic I have been doing a lot of work on my collection. I am a 74 years old, social and general interest collector who collects stamps from all over the world. I like the information you can […]

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Postal cards for 2020 “National Stamp Exhibition” issued

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 4 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of four postal cards to commemorate the 2020 National Stamp Exhibition (2020 전국우표전시회). These cards are the first new postal cards issued by KoreaPost in 2020, the most recent (previous) issue was for the 2019 stamp exhibition. Due to the corona virus […]

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KPC3469-3470: New Year’s Greetings (Year of the Ox)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 1 December 2020 KoreaPost issued a set of 2 stamps for New Year 2021. This particular stamp series is an annual event, a tradition which KoreaPost has maintained for many decades now. The year 2021 will be the Year of the Ox (note: not the cow!).

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More Chollima stamp examples: USSR 1960

Reader Evgeniy Savchenko commented about the article published on June 24, 2020 on the KSS website concerning the Chollima symbol often used on North Korean stamps. He noted that the USSR in 1960 issued a stamp commemorating the 15th anniversary of the liberation of Korea, Scott 2407. We now have a image of this stamp […]

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The South Korean Stamp Scene (Part 7)

What follows is an update on my article of 1996 about the investment potential of South Korean stamps. In 1972 (when stamps were touted as investments) Linn’s Weekly Stamp News and others started “Investment Suggestions” which is now called the “Tip of the Week”. In about 1980 Linn’s began a “Trends of Stamp Values” which […]

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APS Stamp Chat with KSS’s Professor James Grayson ‘North and South Korea: The First Issues after the Second World War’

Professor James H. Grayson, a member of the KSS since 2000, was invited to speak on the American Philatelic Society’s ‘Stamp Chat’ internet discussion group.  His subject was ‘North and South Korea: The first issues after the Second World’.  He uses a semiotic approach to understanding the designs of stamps to discover the meanings which […]

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KPC3465-3468: Philately Week

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 20 November 2020 KoreaPost issued a series of stamps commemorating philatelic week in Korea. This is a yearly returning stamp series, which in different forms (for instance as “postal week”) has been around since the 1960s. The four stamps have all sorts of themes. KSC3465 is “when spring comes […]

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North Korea: from Liberation to War (1945-1950)

Japanese control of Korea ended with the surrender on 15 August 1945 of the Imperial armed forces. Decisions made at the Yalta Conference in February 1945 were implemented after the surrender. The primary actions taken were the division of the Korean peninsula arbitrarily at the 38th Parallel, with the northern zone to be occupied by […]

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KSC5299: Let us advance vigorously towards the Eighth Party Congress by making the flames of the 80-day campaign flare up!

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 17 November 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp commemorating the 19th meeting of the Political Bureau. The KSC stated: “The 19th meeting of the Political Bureau of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea made a crucial decision to wage an 80-day […]

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