South Korea flag

    Flag of South Korea
    South Korea flag
    The national flag of South Korea is white with a red and blue Taeguk in its center, four black trigrams, one toward each corner.



    Flag of South Korea
    Meaning of colors of South Korean flag
    White symbolizes peace and purity (white is the traditional color in Korean culture)
    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)
    Meaning of bars (symbols) on the South Korean flag

    Trigram Name Body Season Direction Virtue Family Element
    geon heaven spring east humanity father heaven
    ri sun autumn south justice daughter fire
    gam moon winter north intelligence son water
    gon earth summer west courtesy mother earth

    Flag of South Korea
    History of South Korean flag
    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.
    Flag of South Korea
    Korean Unification Flag
    Korean Unification 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.


South Korean flag details

Name Taegukgi ("supreme ultimate flag")
Adopted October 1997
Proportion 2:3
Use State & Civil flag

South Korean Anthem