The national flag of South Korea is white with a red and blue Taeguk in its center, four black trigrams, one toward each corner.
South Korea flag
White symbolizes peace and purity (white is the traditional color in Korean culture)
Meaning of colors of South Korean flag
Red and blue Taeguk symbolizes balance in the universe (the blue section represents the negative cosmic forces of the yin, while the red symbolizes the opposite positive forces of the yang)
The four trigrams together represent movement and harmony as fundamental principles. Each trigram (kwae) represents one of the four classical elements (heaven, fire, water and earth)
The need for a national flag again felt by Korea during the negotiation of the United States–Korea Treaty of 1882, also known as the Shufeldt Treaty. The controversy arose after the delegate Lee Eung-Jun presented a flag similar to the flag of Japan to the Chinese official Ma Jianzhong. In response to the discussion, Ma Jianzhong argued against the proposed idea of using the flag of the Qing Dynasty and proposed a flag with a white background, with a half-red and half-black circle in the center, with eight black bars around the flag. On August 22, 1882, Park Yeong-hyo created a scale model of the Taegukgi to the Joseon government. Park Yeong-hyo became the first person to use the Taegukgi in the Empire of Japan in 1882. On January 27, 1883, the Joseon government officially promulgated Taegukgi to be used as the official national flag. In 1919, a flag similar to the current South Korean flag was used by the provisional Korean government-in-exile based in China. After the restoration of Korean independence in 1945, the Taegukgi remained in use after the southern portion of Korea became a democratic republic under the influence of the United States but also used by the People's Republic of Korea. Following the establishment of the South Korean state in August 1948, the current flag was declared official by the government of South Korea on October 15, 1949. In February 1984, the exact dimensional specifications of the flag were codified. In October 1997, the exact colors of the flag were specified via presidential decree.
History of South Korean flag
The Korean Unification Flag is a flag designed to represent all of Korea when North and South Korea participate as one team in sporting events. The background is white. In the center there is a blue silhouette of the Korean peninsula. The flag has no official status.
Korean Unification Flag
South Korean flag details
|Name||Taegukgi ("supreme ultimate flag")|
|Use||State & Civil flag|