List of South Korean flags

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This is a list of flags used in South Korea, during from 1945 to the present.

National flags[edit]

Main article: Flag of South Korea
Flag Date Use Description
Flag of South Korea (1948-1949).svg August 15, 1948 – October 15, 1949 Civil and state flag and ensign of the First Republic of South Korea. This flag was designed by the first National Assembly.
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg October 15, 1949 – October 1997 Civil and state flag and ensign of the First Republic of South Korea. This flag was designed by the Ministry of Education and Culture in October 1949. The exact colors were not specified.
Flag of South Korea.svg October 1997 – present Civil and state flag and ensign of the 6th Republic of South Korea. In October 1997, the South Korean government officially specified the exact colors to be used on the flag via presidential decree.

National government flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Presidential Standard of the Republic of Korea.svg 1967 – present Presidential Standard Two phoenixes taking golden Hibiscus syriacus under their wings
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 Government of the Republic of Korea.svg March 2016 – present Flag of the national government Symbolic Taeguk insignia, with wordmark in Korean 대한민국정부 ("National Government of the Republic of Korea").
Flag of the Government of the Republic of Korea (1949-2016).svg 1949 (original) –
1988 (design update) –
March 2016
Flag of the national government Symbolic Hibiscus syriacus insignia, inlaid with the words 정부 ("National Government").

Military flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
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 jack (maritime flag) Taegeuk on crossed anchors in a white canton on a blue field
Flag of Republic of Korea Marine Corps.svg 1951 – present Flag of the marine corps The similarity with the flag of the United States Marine Corps shows the strong influence of the United States since the creation of South Korean armed forces.
ROKAF Roundel 1950s-2000s.svg 1951 – 2005 Old roundel of the air force Used until the 2000s
Roundel of the Republic of Korea Air Force.svg 2005 – present Roundel of the air force Used after the 2000s

Korean coast guard flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Korea Coast Guard racing stripe.png 2005 – present Flag of the Korea Coast Guard This flag has three diagonal lines of red, yellow, and blue.

Historical flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Seoul (1946 - 1996).svg 1946 – 1996 Old flag of Seoul The circle in the center of the emblem represents a street[clarification needed] and the octagonal symbol stands for the eight mountains surrounding Seoul.

Minorities[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of the National Liberation Front of southern Korea.jpg 1976 – 1979 Flag of the South Korean People's Front Preparation Committee Similar to the flag of North Korea

Provincial-level division flags[edit]

Flag Name Geocode Description
Slogan of Busan Dynamic Busan Asian Gateway.svg Busan KR-26 Flag of Busan since March 28, 1995
North Chungcheong Province KR-43 Flag of North Chungcheong Province
South Chungcheong Province KR-44 Flag of South Chungcheong Province
Daegu KR-27 Flag of Daegu since October 10, 1996
Daejeon KR-30 Flag of Daejeon
Gangwon KR-42 Flag of Gangwon Province
Gwangju KR-29 Flag of Gwangju
Gyeonggi Province KR-41 Flag of Gyeonggi Province since 2006
North Gyeongsang Province KR-49 Flag of North Gyeongsang Province
Flag of South Gyeongsang Province.svg South Gyeongsang Province KR-49 Flag of South Gyeongsang Province
Incheon KR-28 Flag of Incheon
Jeju KR-49 Flag of Jeju Province since July 2006
Symbol of Jeonbuk.svg North Jeolla Province KR-45 Flag of North Jeolla Province
South Jeolla Province KR-46 Flag of South Jeolla Province
Seal of Sejong.svg Sejong City KR-50 Flag of Sejong City
Flag of Seoul (1946 - 1996).svg Seoul KR-11 Flag of Seoul
Ulsan Flag.png Ulsan KR-31 Flag of Ulsan

North Korean provincial flags[edit]

As the South Korean government claims the territory of North Korea as its own, provincial flags also exist for the North Korean provinces that are claimed by South Korea. The following are flags of the five Korean provinces located entirely north of the Military Demarcation Line as according to the South Korean government, as it formally claims to be the sole legitimate government of the entire Korean Peninsula.

Flag Name Geocode Description
Flag of Hamgyŏng-pukto (ROK).svg North Hamgyeong Province -
(KP-09)
Flag of North Hamgyeong Province, claimed by South Korea
Flag of Hamgyŏng-namdo (ROK).svg South Hamgyeong Province -
(KP-08)
Flag of South Hamgyeong Province, claimed by South Korea
Flag of Hwanghae-do (ROK).svg Hwanghae Province -
(KP-05 and KP-06)
Flag of Hwanghae Province, claimed by South Korea
Flag of P'yŏngan-pukto (ROK).svg North Pyeongan Province -
(KP-03)
Flag of North Pyeongan Province, claimed by South Korea
Flag of P'yŏngan-namdo (ROK).svg South Pyeongan Province -
(KP-02)
Flag of South Pyeongan Province, claimed by South Korea

See also[edit]