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Monday, August 15, 2011

태극기 National Flag of South Korea

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The Korean flag is called Taegeukgi. The design symbolizes the principles of the yin and yang in Asian philosophy. The circle in the center of the flag is devided into equal parts. The red half represents the proactive cosmic forces of the yang. Conversely, the blue half represents the responsive cosmic forces of the yin. The two forces together embody the concepts of continual movement, balance and harmony that characterize the sphere of infinity. The circle is surrounded by a trigram in each corner. Each trigram symbolizes one of the four universal elements:

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History :
The flag was designed by King Gojong or Pak Young-hyo in 1882,
and Taegeukgi was adopted as the national flag of Joseon Dynasty on March 6, 1883.

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Maria and Taegeukgi s in Seoul. Photo by Maria Margareta.

Source :
Wikipedia and Korea Travelguide Book, Korea Tourism Organization.

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