K-GOODS | May.30.2024

The Stories Behind Korean Stamps: A Cultural Journey

 

In the last content, we talked about the BTS commemorative stamps, and they were a hit! Today, we’re going to explore more about the different types of stamps in Korea and discover  the stories behind the objects depicted on them.

 

Without further ado, let's get started.

 

 

In Korea, stamps are broadly categorized into two types:

📧 regular stamps and 💎 commemorative stamps.

Commemorative stamps include various special issues, such as the BTS commemorative stamps mentioned earlier.

 

💎Special Stamps💎 are issued to promote national projects, celebrate good fortune, or commemorate significant events. These stamps are specially prepared and feature unique designs. 

 

📧Regular Stamps📧, on the other hand, serve as proof of postage payment and hold cultural significance. For example, when you send a letter from the post office, you affix a stamp like the one shown in the picture below(). However, with the rise of digital communication, we don't see many letters with stamps these days, which is a bit sad. 😭

 

Collectors often collect commemorative stamps, but they also love collecting regular stamps. Over time, regular stamps can become very rare and valuable. Plus, regular stamps are usually not expensive because they are used to pay for postage.

 

Let's look at some types of regular stamps with a few examples below.

 

 

10 KRW and 380 KRW stamps!

 

These stamps feature the Taegeukgi, the national flag of Korea. Take a look to see what the Taegeukgi looks like!

 

 

430 KRW stamp!

 

This stamp shows the Taegeuk symbol and the Hunminjeongeum script.

 

King Sejong the Great, who was the king at the time, created Hunminjeongeum so that people could easily learn to write and express their thoughts. Hunminjeongeum is the ancestor of today’s Hangeul, the Korean alphabet.

 

The Taegeuk symbol represents the origin of all things in the universe. It’s a very philosophical and deep concept, so if you’re curious, we recommend looking it up!

 

 

500 KRW stamp!

 

This stamp features an object from the Joseon Dynasty called the Baekja: White Porcelain Bottle with String Design in Underglaze Iron. In 1991, it was designated as Korea’s Treasure No. 1060.

 

The actual treasure is housed at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. If you want to see it in person, go to the museum right away!

 

 

1,930 KRW stamp!

 

This stamp features the Gold Earrings from Noseo-dong, Gyeongju, designated as Korea’s Treasure No. 2002. 

 

These gold earrings from the Silla Dynasty were discovered in tomb No. 52 in Noseo-dong, Gyeongju. They are famous for showing the incredible craftsmanship of the time, with details so fine they are almost invisible to the naked eye.

 

The techniques used to create these earrings are renowned, and they hold great value. They are considered important artifacts for understanding the development and transformation of jewelry during the Silla Dynasty.

 

Want to see them in person? Head to the National Museum of Korea!

 

 

As mentioned above, Korean stamps feature a variety of objects that symbolize Korea. Through stamps, you can gain a deep understanding of Korean culture, and they also make great collectibles and souvenirs. How did you enjoy today’s content?

 

There are so many different types of stamps that we couldn't cover them all today. We'll stop here for now. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 😚

 

If you want to explore Korea's past and traditions, check out the ‘Related Articles’ below.

 

 

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