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KoreaPost: “How to ask for this in English?”

KoreaPost has done some forward thinking here. You must have been in this situation: you’re in a foreign country, where you can’t (properly) speak the language. Now how to ask for stamps? And that special type of post service? We might have a guidebook, but how much technical (postal) language is there in such a […]


First-Flight Cover, Hibiscus over North Pole

The SAS (Scandinavian Airline System) opened a polar shortcut on February 24, 1957, flying an SAS DC-7C from Copenhagen, Denmark via Anchorage, Alaska to Tokyo, Japan. This new North Pole shortcut shortened the flying time between Denmark and Japan from 50 hours to 32 hours. 


Korean Stamp Album Pages

During the course of collecting South Korean stamps since 1983 the problem of how to store the collection is always a difficult one. Stamp album page published by various companies are the traditional method for keeping a collection for easy access and viewing. Using Showgard or comparable stamp mounts preserves the stamps well but the […]


Download (KSS members only): “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”

In 1986/1987 KSS member John J. Sauer published “KSS Monograph 1: Korean Postal Stationery Catalog”. This 32 page publication was published according to the front-page “in lieu of the missing volumes and partial volumes of the past three years”. 


Dr. Hall Was a Stamp Collector Too!

Dr. Sherwood Hall, the creator of the Korean tuberculosis Christmas and New Year seals, was an avid stamp collector. His hobby of collecting of stamps, besides his knowledge of how the seals successfully raised money in other countries to fight tuberculosis, probably contributed to his original idea to promote the seals in Korea to fight […]


KoreaPost: Looking for a hobby? Stamps are the answer!

KoreaPost has just released new promotional materials promoting stamp collecting as a hobby to Koreans. In the case of KSS members this is of course “preaching to the choir”, we all know what a great hobby philately is. However, KoreaPost is putting this on Facebook for possible newcomers to the hobby. The different images show […]


North Korea’s Interpretation in 1959 of the Korean War

On 25 June, 1950, the DPRK invaded the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in a war for the unification of the nation. Due to immediate United Nations military action this invasion was unsuccessful. An armistice agreement was signed between the UN forces and the forces of the DPRK and the People’s Republic of China on […]


KPC3391: 18th FINA World Championships – Gwangju

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 12 July 2019 KoreaPost released a stamp commemorating the 18th FINA World Championships, held in Gwangju from July 12-28 2019. According to the FINA website “The Organisers have announced that about 4,500 athletes and officials from around 190 countries have registered for the World Championships, the largest ever hosted […]


What happened to the DPRK new issues?

For some time there has been no new issue news regarding DPRK stamp releases. The reason for this is very simple: the Korea Stamp Corporation, the stamp selling organization of the DPRK, didn’t release any new online news. However, the new issue leaflets do show three new stamps/series.


A DPRK Reprint Variety

There is an irony in the fact that the reprint of, arguably, the rarest of all North Korean stamps, the 1948 Labor Law issue, SG N11, is among the most common of these often despised reprints, both in perforated and imperforated condition. It is also among the small number of such reprints of which postally […]

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KoreaPost Video: “The springtime of my life is always now!”

KoreaPost release a new video on their YouTube channel. The video shows an artist creating professional style calligraphy on an envelope inspired by the 2018 “Post Culture Week” stamps. These stamps, released in October 2018, were meant to promote letter writing. The video shows how far this can be taken.


Stamp folder with 2007 Yi Jun stamp sheet shows up

On a recent visit to the Yi Jun Peace Museum in The Hague (The Netherlands) something unknown showed up: a presentation folder of the 2007 stamps commemorating the centenary of the unfortunate death of Yi Jun in The Hague in 1907, a subject written about before in Korean Philately magazine.

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First Flight Before “Normalization” between Japan and Korea

Diplomatic normalization between the Republic of Korea and Japan came in 1965. The Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea was signed on June 22, 1965, to establish a basic relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea following liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945. It took almost twenty years just […]


KoreaPost releases materials for new regular stamp values

KoreaPost created materials for the three new regular stamp values released on 1 July 2019. These materials come in two forms: the monthly “wallpaper” showing the latest high value stamp of 2180 won, while the other materials form a set showing all the new values.


KPC3388-3390: 380 / 470 / 2180 won values (regular issues)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 1 July 2019 KoreaPost released three new stamps for the current regular stamp series with values of 380, 470 and 2180 won. These stamps were introduced to fit in with recent changes in the pricing of postal services. For instance, 50 won were added to the basic rate (25 […]


Recognizing DPRK Reprints Part II: 1951 to 1956

Is the current market condition a buyer’s market or seller’s market? The price one pays for a stamp or stamps depends on the condition and rarity. Also, supply and demand dictate current prices in the market place. The current condition of the market is a buyer’s market. The flood of North Korean stamps which started […]


The Revenue Stamps of Seoul City (part 3 of 3)

(Part 3 of 3) Like most countries which at one time used revenue stamps, South Korea has a long history of using local revenue stamps. Until the 1970s these local revenue stamps were produced locally, each with a unique design per province or municipality. From 1976 onwards local revenue stamps were produced nationally (with standardized […]

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KoreaPost shows Korean characters on stamps

KoreaPost creates updates on Korean stamps for different social media platforms (both domestic/Korean and international) on an almost daily basis. One of the campaigns running at the moment is the one related to the new stamps showing the Kakao Friends characters. 


KoreaPost releases materials for “Modern Korean Figures” series

On 21 June 2019 KoreaPost released two stamps commemorating two Korean singers, Baek Seol-hee (1927-2010, born Kim Hee-suk) and Hyeon In (1919-2002, born Hyeon Dong-ju). The stamp are part of the “Modern Korean Figures” (현대한국인물) series. For this series KoreaPost has created extra materials showing the background of these two singers and their place in […]


KoreaPost reminds conscripted soldiers

Unlike in most parts of Europe and North America in the Republic of Korea each year many thousands of young men are still being called up for their obligatory military service. Understandable, given that the DMZ is the most heavily fortified border in the world!


Postal History of the Russo-Japan War Related to Korea (Part II)

This article is the second part of an online article on Kenneth Clark’s exhibit on the postal history of the Russo-Japanese War. The pages contained herein are limited to those that are related to Korea. For more information see the first part. 


KPC3386-3387: Modern Korean Figures (Singers)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 June 2019 KoreaPost released two stamps commemorating two Korean singers as part of the “Modern Korean Figures” (현대한국인물) series.


Korean Military Advisor Correspondence (1955)

(Translated by Le Tuyet Mai.) The envelope shown in Figure 1 was sent from the office of Korean Advisory Commander-Assistant to Lieutenant-Colonel, belonging to MC Advisory Team (KMAG-V Korean Military Advisory Group-Vietnam), belonging to APO 91 US Forces (Division: Foot-band no. 91- US Army) in Vietnam. The letter was postmarked Pungsan (Korea), 17-11-1955. Perhaps, this […]


Modern DPRK rarities (1): Unissued 2012 3D giant panda stamps

In 2012 the DPRK issued a set of giant panda stamps. This set consisted of 2 stamps and 1 souvenir sheet. The KSC numbers given to these stamps were 4838-4840.


Reader’s Question: Information needed for biography about Lee Chang Sung

For a project about KSS members from the past I am currently looking for information about Lee Chang Sung. He was chairman of the Busan Philatelic Club for years, but was known outside of Korea for his many paquebot covers. He was first mentioned in Korean Philately in 1956(!), in the KP Vol. V No. […]


KoreaPost teaches children how stamps are made

It is always a good idea to have a look at the Kstamp website maintained by KoreaPost. Recently KoreaPost released a few documents aimed at children, to learn about stamps.


What do you see in a stamp?

With the abundance of stamp issuing entities spewing out hundreds of stamps yearly, you may wonder who or what decides what appears on their stamps? For example…


KSC5215G-5215I: The First DPRK-US Summit Talks

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published a series of three stamps (in souvenir sheets) to commemorate the “firstever DPRK-US summit meeting and talks” in Singapore in June 2018.


KSC5215E-5215F: China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published two stamps showing the yellow crane tower and the 13-storeyed pagoda of Pohyon Temple to commemorate the China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition.


Follow-Up to Dr. Hall’s Smithsonian Collection Article

In the December 15, 2018 article on Dr. Hall’s donation of his Christmas seal collection to the Smithsonian Institute in 1972, it was noted that the collection had been found at the request of the author. It had been moved to the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC in 1993. It was written that the […]

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Reader’s Question: A Korean postal history atlas?

(Reader’s question) Several of our members have a store on websites such as Ebay or Delcampe. It turns out one of our new members, Didier from France, is currently selling an atlas of China on Ebay. This atlas shows according to the title on one of the pages “postal establishments and postal routes in each […]


KSC5215C-5215D Visit to Russian Federation Made by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the WPK, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and Supreme Commander of the DPRK Armed Forces

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has issued a stamp and a souvenir sheets to commemorate the Visit to the Russian Federation by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and Supreme Commander of the DPRK […]


KPC3382-3385: Protected Marine Species (2nd series)

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 5 June 2019 KoreaPost released a series of 4 stamps showing protected marine species (해양보호생물). This is the second series on this subject, the first series was issued in July 2018.


The 1950 DPRK overprints on 1949 ROK stamps postally used?

Every philatelic area and era has its “Are these real or not?” subjects. Collecting expensive “specialties” such as overprints or surcharges on top of relatively cheap stamps, making it especially worthwhile to create forgeries for the philatelic market, without proper knowledge is asking for trouble. Overprints and surcharges, especially when used in very limited numbers […]


KSC5215A-5215B On Socialist Construction and the Internal and External Policies of the Government of the Republic at the Present Stage

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has issued two souvenir sheets with both one stamp each reflecting the main idea of the policy delivered by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un a the First Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK on April 12 Juche 108 (2019).


KPC3372-3381: Kakao Friends

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 30 May 2019 KoreaPost released ten stamps showing the “Kakao Friends” (“카카오프렌즈”). These are characters based on KakaoTalk emoticons released in November 2012 by Kakao.


Postal History of the Russo-Japan War Related to Korea (Part I)

The exhibit shows the postal history of the Forerunners from the Sino-Japanese War, occupation of Korea, China, Manchuria, and Formosa, the Boxer Uprising in China, then the Russo-Japanese War and the Field Post Office (FPO) system, with mail being transported back to Japan by ship and to Russia by the Trans-Siberian railway. The International world […]


KSC5215: Our national flag

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has issued a souvenir sheet with one stamp to reflect the lyrics and music of song “Our National Flag”.


Dr. Moon Chang-Mo Resurrects Korean TB/Christmas New Year Seal Program In 1949

The program begun by Dr. Sherwood Hall, who had been born in 1893 in Korea to Methodist missionaries and doctors, to raise funds to fight tuberculosis (TB) in Korea by issuing Christmas and New Years seals, ended in 1940, as the Japanese forced him to leave the country. It would not be until 1949 that […]


KSS Monograph 2: Korean English Philatelic Glossary

First published as a for print publication by Stanley Kim in 1993, this glossary is now being developed in digital form. Originally meant “to assist collectors using either Korean or English to organize their collections, literature, and their own write-ups for exhibitions or just in their albums” it can these days also be used especially […]