List of Korean flags

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This is a list of flags used by South Korea, North Korea, and their predecessor states.

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.[1]

National[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Present national flags of North and South Korea
Flag of South Korea.svg 1948–1949, 1949–1984, 1984–1997, 1997–2011, 2011–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. Current, post-2011 version shown.
Flag of North Korea.svg 1948–1992, 1992–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. Current, post-1992 version shown.
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 Korea (1856).png 1856 Flag of the Joseon dynasty[2]
Flag of the King of Joseon (1876).png 1876 The personal standard of the king of Korea[2]
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 Korea (1888–1893).svg
Taegukgi.jpg
Flag of Korea (1893).svg
Flag of Korea (1899).svg
Korean flag 1944 United States stamp detail.jpg
Flag of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.svg 1919–1948 The flag of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea In exile in Shanghai and Chungking located in China
Flag of the People's Committee of Korea.svg 1946–1948 Flag of the People's Republic of Korea Used by the People's Committees throughout postwar Korea

South Korean national government[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Presidential Standard
Flag of the President of South 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
Standard of the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army.svg Personal standard of the Supreme Commander
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 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.svg
1948–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, navy flag, and naval 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.
Flag of the Republic of Korea Air Force.svg 1952–present Flag of the Air Force
Joseon
Ensign of the Joseon Navy.svg War flag Shows a version of the Lo shu magic square.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, Brian Reynolds (7 February 2018). "On the February 8 Parade and the Olympics". Sthele Press. Retrieved 9 February 2018. By forbearing to march behind the yin-yang flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, the South Korean athletes are making a bigger sacrifice than the North Koreans... [T]he peninsula flag means two very different things to the two Koreas. In the South it symbolizes a desire for peaceful co-existence, or at most for a unification of equal partners in the reassuringly remote future. In wall posters above the DMZ it has always symbolized the southern masses’ yearning for “autonomous unification,” meaning absorption by the North. It’s worrying to think how inner-track propaganda is certain to misrepresent the South Koreans’ eschewal of their state flag for this of all symbols — and at this of all events.
  2. ^ a b "History of the South Korean flag". www.crwflags.com.

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