Korea : 10th Anniversary of admission to ICAO


Issue date: 11/12/1962



ICAO emblem, aeroplane, and limited list of names of United Nations membership in the background. KOREA is printed in black over the airplane in brown. 



Lower-right block of 4 stamps, with marginal inscription translated by: Printed by Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating CorpKOMSCO is a public corporation that issues Korean currency.


Souvenir sheet of above stamp. No perforations exist for this souvenir sheet.

The ink (not dryof a sheet was absorbed in part by the back of the previous sheet.

Full sheet of 50 stamps.


Philatelic notice – Front page.


Philatelic notice – Inside text. Errors in the English text:

  1. In the second paragraph, the words “a equiliblium” should be written “an equilibrium”.
  2. In the third paragraph, the word “Cicago” should be written “Chicago”.
  3. In the description of the design, the word “Airoplane“ should be written “Airplane or “Aeroplane“.


First Day Cover with generic aircraft in the cachet and stamp affixed. Note the Latin characters of the city’s name SEOUL, KOREA in the lower part of the postmark. The upper text in the postmark is translated into English as follows: 10th anniversary of joining (admission) to ICAO.

Error: The text in the cachet reads as follows: to Commemorate of the 10th Anniversary …; this sentence should be written: to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary … Violet postmark.


Same as above with souvenir sheet affixed. The lower text in the postmark is translated into English as follows: Seoul Central (i.e. the central post office in Seoul).


First Day Cover with blue postmark and stamp affixed. The lower text in the postmark is translated into English as follows: Seoul Central, (i.e. the central post office in Seoul). The Korean text in the cachet is translated into English as follows (on two lines): International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) / 10th anniversary of joining (admission). The character set of the Organization’s acronyms (ICAO and OACI) in the cachet is not exactly the same as on the stamp.


Same FDC as above with a violet postmark and an additional black postmark dated 62.12.11. The lower text in the postmark is translated into English as follows: Pusan. Pusan is second biggest city in Korea (in the Southern part of country).


Same as above with souvenir sheet affixed.


First Day Covers with black postmark. Stamp and souvenir sheet respectively affixed.



Background: The Republic of Korea joined ICAO on 11 December 1952 (30 days after deposit of its instruments of adherence to the Convention on International Civil Aviation), whereas this country joined the United Nations on 17 September 1991 along with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


Chronologically in the ICAO stamp collection, this is first correct appearance of the ICAO logo with the acronyms ICAO-OACI in the proper character set (as adopted by the 10th Session of the Assembly, held in Caracas in June-July 1956 - Resolution A10-11).

For many years, Korea included a souvenir sheet with many of its commemorative issues, and these are listed with minor numbers in the Scott catalogue. In this particular issue, the souvenir sheet does not have English inscriptions in the selvage that explain what the issue is about. In the years 1966-1973, the accompanying souvenir sheets were issued in quantities of 60,000 to 80,000 for each value. In recent years, the practice of issuing souvenir sheets along with commemorative issues was curtailed.

It is to be noted that the centre-part of the ICAO emblem shown on the Korean stamp is not properly designed. See enlarged emblem of the stamp here on the left-side.