The South Korea flag...striking design...deep meaning
We love the South Korea Flag.
If you travel in South Korea you see the South Korean flag everywhere.
Flying from office blocks. And private houses.
And of course in taekwondo Dojangs!
South Koreans are quite rightly very proud of their symbolic and colorful national flag.
Here's our guide to what it means.
The Blue and Red Taegeuk
The taegeuk is based on the Yin and Yang symbol.
The idea is that the universe is a perfect balance of many things. Of
Light and dark.
Good and bad.
Heaven and earth.
Male and female.
The balance is fluid. So always changing and moving. So that's why the line between the colours is not straight.
On the Korean flag the red is said to represent the earth. And the blue heaven.
So then they're upside down right?
Well yes from our point of view.
But the idea is to show heaven at the bottom linking with the earth.
And the earth at the top linking with heaven.
So it represents the idea that the whole universe is in harmony.
The four trigrams of the South Korean flag represent things about the universe.
Things that are essential for life.
The three strong lines or geon.
Represent the sky and Spring.
This one the ri.
Means the sun and Autumn.
Courtesy (one of the taekwondo tenants).
The third one or gam.
Represents the moon and Winter.
And finally gon.
Depicts the earth and summer.
The white background of the South Korea flag represents the purity of the people.
And from what we saw of South Koreans we would say it's very appropriate!