List of Korean flags

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This is a list of flags used by Korea, as both entities: the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea claim to be the sole legitimate government over all of "Korea".

This article also includes the flags used by the Joseon Dynasty and Korean Empire.

Korean Peninsula flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Unification flag of Korea.svg 1991 – present Korean Unification Flag Used to represent the whole of Korea when North and South participate together in international sporting events.

National[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Present National Flags of South and North Korea
Flag of South Korea.svg 1948–present Flag of the Republic of Korea
(Taegeukgi)
White field with a red and blue taegeuk in the center and four black trigrams, one in each corner of the flag
Flag of North Korea.svg 1948–present Flag of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(Ramhongsaek Konghwagukki)
Red field with a blue bar on the top and bottom and a star in the center known as the red flag
Historical versions
Royal flag of Goryeo (Bong-gi).svg 1392 The royal flag of the Goryeo dynasty Also known as the "Bong-gi".
Flag of the king of Joseon.svg 1800 The personal standard of the king of the Joseon dynasty
Flag of Joseon (1856).png 1856 Flag of the Joseon dynasty
Flag of the King of Joseon (1876).png 1876 The personal standard of the king of Korea
Flag of Korea (1882-1910).svg 1882–1910 Flag of the Korean Empire


The third version from the top is depicted in the 1882 U.S. Navy book, Flags of Maritime Nations. Lowest is the version found in the 1944 United States postage stamp series.

The former Korean imperial flag had a different taegeuk from that in the current South Korean flag. Note that the 1882 U.S. Navy depiction may be left-right reversed. The arrangement of the trigrams was not officially fixed until an ordinance of 1948, when the South Korean government was established.
Flag of Joseon (1888).png
Taegukgi.jpg
Flag of Korea (1893).svg
Flag of Korea (1899).svg
Korean flag 1944 United States stamp detail.jpg

National Government (South Korea)[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Presidential Standard
Presidential Standard of the Republic of Korea.svg 1967 – present Presidential Standard Two Phoenix taking golden Hibiscus syriacus under their wings.
Standard of the Prime Minister
Standard of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.svg 1988 – present Standard of the Prime Minister Golden Hibiscus syriacus inlaid in symbolic Hibiscus syriacus insignia
Flag of the National Government
Flag of the Government of the Republic of Korea (1949-2016).svg 1988–2016 Flag of the National Government Symbolic Hibiscus syriacus insignia, inlaid with the word 정부, or the National Government.
Flag of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg 2016 – present Flag of the National Government Taeguk with the words "Republic of Korea Government" below.

Military[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
North Korea
Flag of the Korean People's Army Ground Force.svg 1948 - present Flag of the People's Army
Naval ensign of North Korea.svg 1948 – present Naval ensign of North Korea Shows Mount Paektu and Heaven Lake.
Flag of the Korean People's Navy.svg 1948 - present Flag of the People's Navy
Flag of the North Korean People's Army Air Force.svg 1948 - present Flag of the People's Air Force
South Korea
Flag of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.png
 ? - present Flag of the Ministry of National Defense Insignia of the Ministry on red field.
Flag of the Republic of Korea Army.svg 1946 - present Flag of the Army Insignia of the Army on a field parted per fess, above is white, below is blue.
Naval Jack of South Korea.svg 1955 – present Naval ensign and jack Taegeuk on crossed anchors, in a white canton on a blue field.
Flag of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps.svg 1952 – present Flag of the Marine Corps The resemblance to the flag of the U.S. Marine Corps shows the strong American influence on the creation of South Korean government and military.
Joseon
Ensign of the Joseon Navy.svg War flag Shows a version of the Lo shu magic square.

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