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The Meaning Behind The South Korean Flag Is Actually Amazing

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The South Korean flag is beautiful. The white spaces combined with the blue, red and black colour scheme makes its simplicity stand out.

However, the symbolism behind the flag itself is another reason why South Korea’s flag is even more amazing.

Picture: Wikipedia

Picture: Wikipedia

Here is an explanation about the flag from Korea4Expats:

The flag consists of three parts: the white background, the red and blue circle in the center and four trigrams, one in each corner of the flag.

The white background of the flag means peace.  The red and blue circle in the center is called ‘Taeguk’, the origin of all things in the universe. The central thought is perfect harmony and balance: A continuous movement within the sphere of infinity, resulting in one unit. The blue part of ‘Taeguk’ is called ‘Eum’ or in Chinese, Yin, and represents all negative aspects of the balance while the red part is called ‘Yang’ and describes all the positive apects. The circle itself represents unity – bringing together the negative and the positive, while the Yin and Yang represent the duality. Examples of duality are heaven and hell, fire and water, life and death, good and evil, or night and day

The four trigrams at the corners (called ‘Kwe’ in Korean) also represent the concept of opposites and balance. The trigrams are heaven (upper-left) and at the other corner earth, water (upper-right) and at the other corner fire. Looking at symbols of the trigrams, you can see that they are opposites as well. Three unbroken bars (heaven) vs. three broken bars (earth), etc.

Symbolic of the nation is the white background (the land), the circle (people), and the four trigrams (the government). All three make up the essential elements of the nation.

If the explanation is a bit confusing, here’s a great diagram that summarises it all:

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    March 8, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Wow

  2. Joseph

    January 27, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    WTF WTF WTF WTF

  3. Joseph

    January 27, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    You like exo two

  4. Soo lim

    November 25, 2014 at 3:28 am

    The flag would look better if it was from Pyongyang. Long live great general leder Kim Jong Un and the eternal father of all Korea Kim Il Sung. Korea is one!

  5. Rae Huang Zitao

    July 24, 2014 at 4:35 am

    wow that is amazing i never honestly looked at the south korean flag like that but this changes everything i love it. they have a seoul for a reason!!!!!

  6. waly1215

    July 24, 2014 at 12:18 am

    That is where EXO got their power :p

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