Korea Stamp Museum

The Korea Stamp Museum (Korean: 조선우표박물관)[1] is a postal museum in the Central District of Pyongyang, North Korea.[2]

Korea Stamp Museum
조선우표박물관
DPRK Pyongyang Stamp Shop outside view.JPG
Korea Stamp Museum
Established9 April 2012 (2012-04-09)
LocationChanggwang Street, Chung-guyŏk, Pyongyang, North Korea
Coordinates39°00′27″N 125°44′12″E / 39.007461°N 125.736722°E / 39.007461; 125.736722Coordinates: 39°00′27″N 125°44′12″E / 39.007461°N 125.736722°E / 39.007461; 125.736722
TypePostal museum
OwnerKorea Stamp Corporation

HistoryEdit

The Korea Stamp Museum opened on April 9, 2012 as part of the centennial celebration of the birth of Kim Il-sung[3] after being upgraded to a museum from an exhibition hall for the Korea Stamp Corporation.[4] The museum closed for renovations in 2018 as part of an expansion project and reopened on February 11, 2019.[5][6]

DescriptionEdit

Located in between the Koryo Hotel[7] and Pyongyang station, the Korea Stamp Museum is situated in a three floor building with awards from philatelic exhibitions housed in the ground level,[8] a souvenir shop on the second floor, and an exhibition hall on the third floor.[9] The exterior of the museum after its renovation was built to resemble a postage stamp and has a bronze statue of a dove holding a postcard while flying above the Earth located outside the building.[8] The museum functions more as a shop than a museum to attract international tourists [10] and philatelists despite the limitations of international sanctions.[11][12]

CollectionEdit

The Korea Stamp Museum houses over 6,000 stamps, envelopes, and postcards.[13] In this collection, the museum contains relics from the ancient times and artifacts from the postal system established at the end of the Joseon dynasty,[14] as well as relics since the establishment of the North Korean Postal Service including the first stamps created by the service.[15] The museum also houses an album of stamps collected by Kim Jong-il.[16] The stamps displayed highlight events in the country's history, flora and fauna, and world events including the launch of Sputnik, the birth of Prince William, and the 2018 North Korea–United States Singapore Summit.[17]

In popular cultureEdit

The museum appeared on the ninth episode of The Amazing Race Vietnam 2019 as the site of a task where the competing teams had to search for a commemorative stamp of Kim Jong-un's goodwill visit to Vietnam in 2019.[18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pieters, Jo (February 16, 2019). "KSC5190A: In Commemoration of Renovation of Korea Stamp Museum". Korea Stamp Society. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Choe Kwang Ho (2016). "Stamps Showcase 70 Years of the DPRK" (PDF). Pictorial KOREA. No. 3. p. 32.
  3. ^ "北 우표발전사 볼 수 있는 '조선우표박물관'". Tongil News (in Korean). February 18, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "通讯:朝鲜对外文化交往的名片——朝鲜邮票博物馆访问记". Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). July 10, 2018. Archived from the original on June 30, 2020. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "朝鲜邮票博物馆改建后于平壤重新开馆!". Sohu (in Chinese). February 14, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "Triều Tiên: mở cửa lại bảo tàng tem". truyenhinhdulich (in Vietnamese). February 13, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  7. ^ Hoare, James (2019). Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 368.
  8. ^ a b Kim Son Myong (2020). "Korea Today" (PDF). KCNA Watch. p. 40.
  9. ^ "<조선신보> 개건된 조선우표박물관을 방문하다". Minjok (in Korean). March 31, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  10. ^ advertised as a tourist attraction on e.g. the site of COMTOURS http://www.comtourist.com/travel/pyongyang/pyongyang-entertainment/ and Koryo Tours https://koryogroup.com/travel-guide/pyongyang-stamp-exhibition-north-korea-travel-guide
  11. ^ Marr, Henry (2018). North Korea. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 104.
  12. ^ Erickson, Amanda (July 5, 2017). "North Korea's long history of attacking America — with anti-U.S. stamps". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  13. ^ "Giải mã những địa điểm du lịch nổi tiếng nhất tại Triều Tiên trong tập Bán kết của Cuộc đua kì thú 2019". Kenh14 (in Vietnamese). September 2, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  14. ^ "北, 조선우표박물관 리모델링 개관". SPN News (in Korean). February 13, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  15. ^ "평양의 인기 관광지, 조선우표박물관 개건 <조선신보>". Tongil News (in Korean). March 30, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  16. ^ "Korean Stamps Museum Renovated". Explore DPRK. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  17. ^ "DPRK-US Singapore Summit Commemorative Stamps". Koryo Tours. June 14, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  18. ^ Vu, Khang (September 10, 2019). "The Amazing Race flies into North Korea". Lowy Institute. Retrieved May 16, 2020.