Emblem of North Korea
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|National Emblem of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Version used before 1992
|Armiger||Democratic People's Republic of Korea|
|Adopted||1948 (updated in 1992)|
|Crest||Radiant red star|
|Escutcheon||Hydroelectric power plant; Paektu Mountain|
|Supporters||Ears of rice|
The National Emblem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea bears the design of the Sup'ung Dam under Paektu Mountain and bearing the beaming light of a five-pointed red star, with ears of rice forming an oval frame, bound with a red ribbon bearing the inscription "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea" in Chosongul characters.
In 1992, the Supreme People's Assembly amended the 1972 constitution and added "a grand hydroelectric power station under Mt. Paektu, the sacred mountain of the revolution" in Article 163, adding Baekdu Mountain on the emblem.
The emblem follows the basic design guidelines of the emblem of the Soviet Union adopted in many other countries including North Korea (socialist heraldry), which clearly indicates the relations between the communist ideology and the foundation of the country at the beginning of the Cold War.
Early draft of the National Emblem of North Korea, showing Baekdu Mountain Heaven Lake and factory.
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