National symbols of South Korea

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The national symbols of South Korea are official and unofficial flags, icons or cultural expressions that are emblematic, representative or otherwise characteristic of South Korea (the Republic of Korea) and of its culture. Since the division in 1948, South Korea retained traditional symbols to distinguish from the national symbols of North Korea.


Symbol Image Notes
Flag Flag of South Korea
Emblem Emblem of South Korea
Emblem of South Korea

(Taegeuk; Hibiscus syriacus)
National anthem Aegukga
Government Seal Government Seal of South Korea
Government Seal of South Korea
National motto 홍익인간 (弘益人間) "Benefit broadly in the human world /
Devotion to the Welfare of Humanity"
National tree Korean red pine
(Pinus densiflora)
Korean red pine
National flower Hibiscus syriacus
Hibiscus syriacus
National bird Korean magpie
(Pica sericea)
Korean magpie
National animal Siberian tiger
(Panthera tigris tigris)
Siberian tiger
National instrument Gayageum
National stone Amethyst
National mount Paektu Mountain,
Paektu Mountain

Paektu Mountain is located in North Korea and China.
National sport Taekwondo