Emblem of North Korea

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National Emblem of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
조선민주주의인민공화국의 국장
Emblem of North Korea.svg
Emblem of North Korea (1948).svg
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.[1]

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.[2]



  1. ^ s:Constitution of North Korea (1972)
  2. ^ The Evolution of North Korea's Coat of Arms DailyNK (www.dailynk.com). September 23, 2014. Retrieved on 2014-09-25.

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