Korea Stamp World (Postage Stamp Museum)

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY HICKERSON

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*Another* museum? But of course! Remember, Korea has a museum for just about everything! And….they are free (or very inexpensive)! When I heard about this one, it sounded pretty interesting, so I knew I had to take my son there and check it out.

Korea Stamp World is a little museum located in the basement of the Main Post Office in Myeongdong/Namdemun. It is across the street from the Namdemun Shinsegae and the Bank of Korea Money Museum.

As you can probably guess, this museum is dedicated to the postal service and its history.   This may sound boring, but it is actually quite interesting.   One of the first exhibits, and the most interesting to my son and myself, showed the transformation of the postal worker over the years; uniforms, transportation, etc.

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Other exhibits include examples of post office boxes from around the world, and the uniforms of postal workers around the world.

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There are also various displays of special stamps. I thought these stamps from the different “[Lunar] New Years” were really cute!

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My son enjoyed the hands on activities. This was some sort of Q & A game that we didn’t understand (it was all in Korean) but we played and oddly enough, my son got every question correct!

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The grand finale of the museum exhibit is this room of pullout displays of stamps in Korea over the years.   It was so interesting to see how they have changed!

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After the exhibits, there is a place where you can design your own stamp, or write a letter to someone and send it. We did not do these activities, but they are available if you wanted to round out your visit this way.

A friend of mine and her kids went the week after I did, and they did make this stamp…it is an official Korean stamp!

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     (Photo Courtesy of Kristen Dubay)

This museum, while small, but it is worth a visit. My son and I went as part of an afternoon out in the Myeongdong area. It isn’t something that will take up a full day (we spent probably about 30-45 minutes there), but it can be a fun addition to a day out in that part of the city.


Website: koreastamp.go.kr 

Admission: Free

Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (Last admission is 30 minutes before closing)

Travel Hotline: +82-2-133

Address: 70, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 소공로 70 (충무로1가) (21번지, POST TOWER) 지하 2층

GLS Coordinates: 37.5615577, 126.98213669999996

Directions: 

To get to the museum, we took Bus 143, but you can also take other buses that go to Namdemun & Myeongdong.

[Subway]
– From Exit No. 5 of Myeongdong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), walk 5 minutes. 
– From Exit No. 6 of Euljiro 1-ga Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), walk 10 minute

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