The story of Korean flag sounds surprising because the State on the territory exists for more then fur centuries but only in 1880 the government thought for the first time about adoption of the own national symbol after the necessity to build diplomatic relationships with Empirior Japan became evident. The current governor of the country asked the current head of china for help but received Chinese royal standart as an example and recommendations to simplify it.
The first variant of Korean flag
After that the governor of Korea decided to make a flag on his own and as a basis he used Japanese national symbol. In the center of a new flag he placed like his neighbor a sun but instead of sun rays there were Korean trigrams meaning:
- Raise of emotions
- Clear intentions
The second variant of flag
Soon after the first visit of Korean ambassador to the country it was offered to slightly change a flag and a variant close to the modern one have seen the world. In was red and blue symbol of dao in circle framed by Korean triptogramms. Now this flag is used as an official symbol of South Korea.
First, the official version of the Korean flag
After that, the Emperor himself sat down at the pen and made a sketch of the first Korean flag. Here too has not done without “plagiarism”, as in defiance of China, Kojong the basis of the flag of his country took Japanese.
In the center, where the samurai was the sun, he placed vertically divided into two mirror maze of semicircular segments of white and brown, which symbolized the change of day and night, and the Japanese divergent in all directions rays were replaced by 8 traditional Korean trigrams, which meant (starting from the upper Central clockwise):
- Kan (water) interpretation of the danger;
- Zhen (thunder) – emotional lift;
- Mountain (gen) – steadfastness;
- DUI (pond) — joy;
- Lee (fire) — clarity;
- Kun (earth) – fulfillment of desires
- Sun (wind) – clarification;
- Qian (heaven) — creativity.
The background of the first official Korean flag was scarlet with brown border. It should be noted that according to the Eastern tradition, the scarlet color is not associated with blood, but is directly associated with fire, that is, with clarity, and brown is the earth, which, as shown above, is interpreted as the fulfillment of desires.
As a result, we get that The Korean Emperor, sending an Ambassador to Japan with such a standard, after he rejected the Chinese version, did not hint, but firmly and with respect.
Total area:99,538 km2
Formation:15. 8. 1945
Currency:south korean won (KRW)