Emblem of South Korea

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National Emblem of the Republic of Korea
대한민국의 국장
Emblem of South Korea.svg
ArmigerRepublic of Korea
Adopted10 December 1963 (1963-12-10) (modified in 1997)
BlazonA Taegeuk gules and azure upon a Hibiscus syriacus or
Motto대한민국

The National Emblem of the Republic of Korea (Korean: 대한민국의 국장; Hanja: , lit. Republic of Korea national emblem) consists of the taeguk symbol present on the country's national flag surrounded by five stylized petals and a ribbon bearing the inscription of the official Korean name of the country (Daehan Minguk), in Korean characters. The Taegeuk represents peace and harmony. The five petals all have meaning and are related to South Korea's national flower, the Hibiscus syriacus, or Rose of Sharon (Korean: 무궁화; Hanja: 無窮花, mugunghwa).

The emblem was adopted on 10 December 1963.[1][2][3] The flower and yin-yang symbols are generally considered by South Koreans to be traditional symbols of the "Korean race" (Korean: 한민족, lit. "Han race").[3]

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  1. ^ Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Korea (2017). National Symbols of the Republic of Korea: Uniting People and Elevating National Pride. Seoul: Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Korea. pp. 10–11. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ https://mois.go.kr/chd/sub/a05/mascot/screen.do
  3. ^ a b Myers, Brian Reynolds (2011). "North Korea's state-loyalty advantage". Free Online Library. Archived from the original on 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018. The state emblem (adopted in 1963) is a yin-yang symbol on a rose of Sharon--another purely racial symbol.

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