Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of South Korea

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The South Korean flag, also known as the Taegeukgi (literally "Taeguk flag").

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of South Korea (Korean: 국기에 대한 맹세, literally "An oath to the country's flag") is the pledge to the national flag of South Korea. The pledge is recited at flag ceremonies immediately before the national anthem.

History[edit]

The current pledge was introduced on July 27, 2007.[1] A previous pledge of allegiance was used from 1972 until 2007 and was introduced by then-president Park Chung-hee. Unlike the current pledge which pledges allegiance of the country of South Korea, the 1972 pledge rather pledged allegiance to the "Korean race", also known as the "minjok".[2][3][4]

In the mid-2000s, the pledging of allegiance to a "Korean race" was criticized by some South Koreans as being racist and "not appropriate at a time when South Korea is become a multi-racial society."[5] This version of the pledge was discontinued in July 2007, during the presidency of Roh Moo-hyun,[6] and replaced with non-racist wording. Similarly, until April 2011, South Korean army soldiers swore allegiance to the "Korean race" in their oaths of enlistment.[4]

Text of the pledge[edit]