Korea South (Republic of Korea)

Fossils and reconstructions of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, paleontologists, Charles Darwin on stamps, post marks, meter frankings of South Korea


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South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Highly urbanized at 92%, South Koreans lead a distinctive urban lifestyle; half of them live in high-rises concentrated in the Seoul Capital Area with 25 million residents and the world's sixth leading global city with the fourth largest economy.
Korea was annexed by Imperial Japan in 1910 due to its strategic and central location, after whose surrender in 1945, it was divided into North and South Korea. A North Korean invasion led to the Korean War (1950–53). Peace has since mostly continued with the two agreeing to work peacefully for reunification and the South solidifying peace as a regional power with the world's 10th largest defence budget.
In 1987, it became a multi-party democracy with universal suffrage and is today Asia's most advanced democracy with high government transparency, universal healthcare, freedom of religion and fundamental rights protected by the most developed rule of law in East Asia. [R1]

The first stamps of South Korea were issued on 1 February 1946. [R2]



Official stamps of South Korea related to Paleontology: Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals

14.04.2006 "Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2006" 05.08.2010 "The Age of Dinosaurs (1st): Triassic period" 11.08.2011 "The Age of Dinosaurs (2nd): Jurassic period"
Dinosaurs on stamps of South Korea 2006 Dinosaurs on stamps of South Korea 2010 Dinosaurs on stamps of South Korea 2011
08.08.2012 "The Age of Dinosaurs (3rd): Cretaceous period"
Dinosaurs on stamps of South Korea 2012 Michel stamps catalog - Dinosaurs world wide



Some personalized stamps of South Korea related to Paleontology: Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals

2012 2013 2015
Dinosaurs on personalized stamps of South Korea 2012 Dinosaurs on personalized stamps of South Korea 2012 Koreaceratops hwaseongensis on personalized stamp of South Korea 2013
2018 2018
Dinosaurs on personalized stamps of South Korea Dinosaurs on personalized stamps of South Korea Michel stamps catalog - Dinosaurs world wide



Some personalized postal stationeries of South Korea related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals

Standard postal stationery of South Korea

There are many personalized postal stationery (post cards with imprinted stamp) issued in South Korea, here are only some of them.
These post stationaries are based on standard postal stationery produced by Korea's Post Authority without any image on the left side.


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Commemorative postmarks and meter frankings of South Korea: fossils and reconstruction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, paleontologists

Legend is here
12.10.1994 "Dinosaur footprints at Goseong is a county in Gangwon Province of South Korea" 20.01.1995 "Stamps show" [Sp] 16.02.1995 "The world of Dinosaurs, Gideon Mantell (1790-1852), issued by "HANBUT Philately" [Sp]
Dinosaur footprints at Goseong is a county in Gangwon Province  on meter franking of South Korea 1994 Stegosaurus on postmark of South Korea 1995 Gideon Mantell and dinosaur on meter franking of South Korea 1995
19.02.1996 "Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899) and Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897), issued by "HANBUT Philately" [Sp] 12.12.1997 "The fossil of Trilobite, issued by "HANBUT Philately" [Sp] 03.12.1999 "Dragonfly" [Sp]
Famous paleontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope on postmark of South Korea 1996 Trilobite on meter franking of South Korea 1997 Dagonfly on meter franking of South Korea 1999
04.05.2000 "Dinosaur tails" [Sp] 04.05.2000 "Ultrasaurus tabriensis" [Sp] 02.02.2001 "Archaeopteryx" [Sp]
Dinosaur tails on meter franking of South Korea 2000 Ultrasaurus tabriensis dinosaur on postmatk of South Korea 2000 Archaeopteryx on meter franking of South Kotea 2001
31.10.2001 "Han Al Stamps Show - William Buckland (1748-1856) [Sp] 22.04.2004 "Dinosaur" [Sp] 01.07.2004 "Dinosaur" [Sp]
William Buckland and jawbone of Megalosaurus on meter franking of South Korea 2001 Dinosaur  on postmark of South Korea 2004 Dinosaur and its footprints on postmark of South Korea 2004
10.04.2006 "Gyeongnam Geoseong Dinosaur World Expo 2006. April 14th - June 4th, Killing claw of Velociraptor" [Sp] 14.04.2006 "Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2006" [FDC] [C1] 14.04.2006 "Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2006" [FDC] [C1]
claw of Velociraptor on meter franking of South Korea 2006 Dinosaurs on postmark of South Korea 2006 Dinosaur on postmark of South Korea 2006
14.04.2006 "Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2006" [FDC] [C1] 09.11.2006 "Dinosaur" [Sp] [C1] 2007-2017 "Dinosaur" [DU] [PM]
Dinosaur and its footprints on postmark of South Korea 2006 Dinosaur on postmark of South Korea 2006 Dinosaur on postmark of South Korea 2007
23.07.2007 "Jobaria" [Sp] 25.03.2009 "Suchomimus" [Sp] 05.08.2010 "The Age of Dinosaurs (1st): Triassic period" [FDC]
Dinosaur on meter franking of South Korea 2007 Suchomimus on meter franking of South Korea 2009 Dinosaur on postmatk of South Korea 2010
17.08.2010 "Stegosaurus" [Sp] 17.08.2010 "Triceratops" [Sp] 2010-2018 "Haenamichnus pterosaur " [PM]
Stegosaurus on meter franking of South Korea 2010 Triceratops on commemorative postmark of South Korea 2010 Haenamichnus pterosaur on commemorative postmark of South Korea 2010
19.05.2011 "Human Evolution and Charles Darwin" [Sp] 11.08.2011 "The Age of Dinosaurs (2nd): Jurassic period" [FDC] 13.04.2012 "The first reconstruction of Iguanodon" [Sp]
Human Evolution and Charles Darwin on meter franking of South Korea 2011 Stegosaurus on postmark of South Korea 2011 The first reconstruction of Iguanodon on meter franking of South Korea 2012
13.04.2012 "Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2012" [Sp] 08.08.2012 "The Age of Dinosaurs (3rd): Cretaceous period" [FDC] 05.02.2013 "Save fossil fuel energy" [Sp]
Iguanodon on postmark of South Korea 2012 Trex dinosaur on postmark of South Korea 2012 Dinosaur fossil on meter franking of South Korea 2013
24.09 -10.11.2015 "Stamps show - Dinosaur stamps of world" [Sp] 19.07.2016 " " [Sp] [C2] xx.xx.2018-now " " [N] [PM]
Koreaceratops hwaseongensis on postmark of South Korea 2015 Edmontosaurus skeleton from the Gwacheon National Science Museum in South Korea on postmark of South Korea 2016 Spinosaurus on postmark of South Korea 2018
10.09.2021 "Neolith humans" [Sp] [C3] 22.10.2021 "Haenam Uhangri Dinosaur-Pterosaur-Bird Footprint Fossil Site" [Sp] [C4]
Prehistoric man at work on postmark of South Korea 2021 Dinosaurs and their footprints on postmark of South Korea 2021

Notes:
[C1] The Goseong Dinosaur Museum is located in Sangjogam County Park in the center of the beautiful Sangjogam area. This museum is a tourist attraction that showcases both major dinosaur footprints as well as breath-taking scenery. It is Korea’s first dinosaur museum.
Dinosaurs on postmark of South Korea 2006 Dinosaurs on postmark of South Korea 2006 Dinosaurs on postmark of South Korea 2006 Dinosaurs on postmark of South Korea 2006 It was built next to one of the world’s largest dinosaur footprint fossil sites and opened to the public on 9 November 2004. Korean post commemorated this event with set of two dinosaur stamps and several commemorative postmarks. At least one of the postmarks was available in different colors, as shown below.
The Museum also produced a logo (not a postmark) and stamped it on empty areas of some covers. This logo looks like a postmark and likely shows an Allosuarus. Allosuarus is one of the many dinosaurs in the Museum’s collection. [R3]

[C2] Edmontosaurus skeleton from the Gwacheon National Science Museum in South Korea. [R4]
Edmontosaurus skeleton from the Gwacheon National Science Museum on postmark of South Korea 2016

[C3] Reconstruction of Neolith man at work on a stone in prehistoric park “Yeoncheon Jeongok-ri ruins”.

[C4] Uhangri Fossil site, located in Haenam County, is not only unique in the world for understanding the evolution of Mesozoic era paleontology but also highly valued academically due to the diverse shape of the strata and unusual sedimentary structures.
In addition, the discovery of two of the oldest webbed bird footprint fossils in the world along with the first pterosaur footprint fossil in Asia in the same stratum has become the first case in proving that pterosaurs and birds shared the same habitat.
It is Natural Monument No. 3894.



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Acknowledgements:
  • Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.
  • Many thanks to Chanho Park, PhD Student, Western Michigan University for his help to translate some text Korean texts.



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