Behind the Korean Flag: Taegukgi

There is a lot of meaning behind the Korean flag. The name Taegukgi translated in English means “supreme ultimate flag.” This flag was designed by King Gojong or Pak Yeonghyo in 1882. Know more about its symbols and colors below.

The circle in the center of the flag refers to the Yin and Yang – or balance in the universe. It also stands for creation and development.

The 4 sets of black lines are called trigrams. The trigrams together represent harmony and movement. Each individual trigram also has its own meaning of Earth, Water, Fire, and Heaven.

The flag of South Korea features four colors: white, black, red and blue. Blue symbolizes the negative cosmic forces, while the red represents positive cosmic forces.

The white background is a traditional color in Korean culture that symbolizes purity and peace. The color of black is used for the four trigrams, each representing a different virtue.

Watch here to learn more about its history:

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