Korean “digital revenue stamps”

(Text originally published in MSS Quarterly Bulletin Nr. 316.) On 1 January 2017 the last “paper” revenue stamps of the Republic of Korea (“South Korea”) were phased out. Except for the consular revenue stamps used outside of Korea the only type of revenue stamp now in use within the borders of Korea are meter marks.  Meter […]

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Daegu: resident registration card (1976)

All Koreans are registered in their family register which is also used to give details through the type of document shown here. This is called a 주민등록표 (resident registration card). These documents come in several different forms, the more detailed one is this large form. It is somewhat larger than A4 and printed on very thin […]

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Ganghwa-gun: certified document with local stamp (1974)

A more mysterious document is this document from 강화군 (Ganghwa-gun). It is a certified document, written mainly in hanja. Unfortunately the handwriting is very difficult to read, even Koreans I asked couldn’t make much sense of it. The document comes with one local revenue stamp, issued by Ganghwa-gun itself.

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Gyeonggi-do: certified cadastral document (1976)

Korean society was until quite recent mostly agrarian. Even today there are still many (often older) farmers active in the country side. Land registration is therefor very important. This document is such a cadastral document showing who owns which piece of land. Interestingly the 경기도 (Gyeonggi-do) provincial 100 won revenue stamp was used after the introduction […]

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Gongju County: “written character reference” (1975)

In the final 12 months before local revenue stamps were phased out a 신원증명서 (written character reference) was issued in 공주군 (Gonju County) for a Mr. 이 (Lee). These documents were especially needed during the 1970s to show that a person had not been in bad standing with the Korean government, which at that time was still […]

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Yeoncheon County: certified copy of family register with local revenue stamps

Before 1976 local governments in Korea were allowed to print their own revenue stamps for use within their own city (시) or county (군). This meant that until that year hundreds of different revenue stamps must have been in use in Korea. Often these local governments even printed several series of revenue stamps, sometimes even […]

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