The Korean Peninsula
Kumgangsan Mountains
1'708 m

The Kumgangsan is together with the Seorak mountains (1’708 m) a prominent range of the main ridge of the Korean peninsula (Taebaek range). The Kumgangsanis after the Baekdu (Changbai) the second highest mountain in North Korea. The highest peak of the Kumgangsan is Mt. Pirobong at 1'638 metres.

The Kumgangsan takes on different names in different seasons depending on the changing landscape. At sunrise in the spring, the spiky granite peaks sparkle like crystals, therefore it is called "diamond mountain"; in summer when the forest is thick and green, it is called "‘verdant mountain"’; in the fall "‘maple mountain"’; and in winter when the rocks are bare "‘skeleton mountain" or "‘snow peak mountain".

The Kumgangsan covers an area of 530 square kilometres. The highest part of the range is the "Outer Kumgang" (Oekumgang). The westers part is called "Inner Kumgang" (Naekumgang). Farther away is the Sea Kumgang (Haekumgang).

 

 

Japan 1937 Kumgangsan Diamantenberge mountain stamp Korea North

Japan 1937, Kumgangsan.
The stamp is stamp existing overprinted WWII as well.

 

Korea North 1946 Kumgangsan Diamantenberge mountain stamp

Korea North 1946/1955, Kumgangsan, Samson-Rock.

1946 Issue, "50" 2 mm High
, 50 Ch red (perf. 11), 50 Ch rose (rouletted perf. 11), 50 Ch greyish green (perf. 11)

1946-1955 Issue "50" 3 mm High
50Ch violet, perforation 11, imperforated vertically (picture above) , imperforated, perforation 10.
50Ch rose, imperforated, imperforated vertically, perforation rouleted 12, perforation 10.
50Ch red (reprint 1957), imperforated & perforation 10¾.

stamp on stamp of this series existing: 2011, 2012 and 2016.

 

Korea South 1949 Kumgangsan Diamantenberge mountain stamp

Korea South 1949, Kumgangsan.

 

Korea South 1949 Kumgangsan Diamantenberge mountain stamp

Korea South 1949, Kumgangsan.
The overprinted stamp issued 1951.

 

Korea North 1956 Kumgangsan Diamantenberge mountain stamp Korea North

Korea North 1956, Son-Rock / Kumgang Sea, near Haegumgang (issued without gum, perforated and imperforated).

 

Korea South 1957 Kumgangsan Diamantenberge mountain stamp

Korea South 1957, Kumgang Sea.
The stamp is existing imperforated as presentationsheet as well.

 

Korea South 1957, Kumgang Sea, presentationsheet.

 

mountainstamp.com Kŭmgangsan Mountain stamp issued Korea North 1960

Korea North 1960, Kumgangsan.

 

Lake Samilpo
Jipsunbong
Kwaneum-Falls
Korea North 1965, Kumgangsan.

 

Samson Rock
Ryongju-dam
Manmoolsang
Jinjoo-dam
Korea North 1966, Kumgangsan.

 


Korea North 1973, Kumgangsan.

Titles:
2 Mujigae Bridge, 5 Okryu-Valley, 10 Chonnyo Rocks, 10 Chilchung-Rock of Soji Peak, 40 Sujong Peak.

 

Korea North 1974, Kumgangsan.

 

 


Korea North 1975 Kumgangsan stamp

Korea North 1975, Kumgangsan.

titles:
5 Sejon Peak, 10 Chonson Rock, 15 Pisa Gate, 25 Manmulsang, 30 Chaeha Rock.

 

Korea North 1988

 

Korea South 1992 Kŭmgangsan Diamond Mountain stamp

Korea South 1992, Kumgangsan.

 

Korea North 1997 Kŭmgangsan Diamond Mountain stamp

Korea North 1997, Kumgangsan.
Podok Hermitage is located in the Inner Kumgangsan

 

 

Korea North 1995, Myogilsang-Buddha statue.
The stamp was issued in the miniaturesheet "20 years WTO".
The 15 metres high Myogilsang-Buddha statue is located along the Inner Kumgang trail.

 

Kŭmgangsan, also knows Diamond Mountain stamp 1999 Korea North

Korea North 1999, Kumgangsan.
The Kuryong Fall, also known the Nine Dragons Waterfall (Outer Kŭmgangsan), with a drop of 74 metres is one of Korea's three most famous waterfalls.

 

Korea South Kunggangsan Diamond mountain stamp 1999

Korea South 1999, Kumgangsan.
Painting of Chong Son / Kyomjae (1676-1759).
The stamp was issued in sheets of 10 stamps, as souvenirsheet and in booklets.
(please move your mouse over the picture to see the miniaturesheet)

 

Korea North & China 1999 (Joint issue), Kuryongyon.
The stamps were issued in the series
"50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and North Korea".

Kuryongyon is the name of an area in the "Outer Kumgang" and also for a waterfall (also known the Nine Dragons Waterfall), the waterfall can be found along the Kuryongyon Course.
It is located about 4 kilometres in the east of Mt. Pirobong.

 

 

Korea South Kunggangsan Diamond mountain stamp 2000

Korea South 2000, Kumgangsan.
Painting of Chong Son / Kyomjae (1676-1759).
The stamp was issued in sheets of 10 stamps, as souvenirsheet and in booklets.
(please move your mouse over the picture to see the block)

 

mountainstamp.com Kŭmgangsan Mountain stamp issued Korea North 2006

Korea North 2006, Kumgangsan.

 

Korea South 2008 Kumgangsan Diamantenberge mountain stamp

Korea South 2008, Kumgangsan.

 

 

Korea North 2011
Kumgangsan Samson Rock (stamp on stamp), , issued 1946.

 

 

   

Korea North 2012, Kumgangsan Samson Rock (stamp on stamp) , issued 1946.

 

 

Korea North 2016, Kumgangsan Samson Rock (stamp on stamp) , issued 1946.
The stamp was issued in the series "70th Anniversary of the First Korean Postage Stamp".

 

 

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