The Korean Flag

(Taegukki)


The origin of the Korean flag comes from the philosophy of Eum - Yang which considers how opposites create balance. All parts are equal and necessary to be whole, and when together there is harmony. It is claimed that all objects and events in the world are expressed by the movement of yin and yang.

The white background of the flag symbolizes peace. It also represents the purity of the Korean people.
  The centre has circle split equally between blue and red and represents the philosophy of dualism.
Yang, opposite of yin, representing the active and positive forces in nature.
Yin, opposite of yang, representing the passive forces of nature.
  There is a trigram in each corner. These symbols are called Kwae represent the principle of movement and harmony of objects and events. Each Kwae consists of three bars that can be either broken or unbroken.
Heaven (kun), opposite of earth.
Fire (yi), opposite of water.
Water (kam), opposite of fire.
Earth (kon), opposite of heaven.
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