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The Korean Flag

South Korean Flag

The Korean Flag

The "Tae Kook Gye" is the Korean Flag. "Tae Kook" means "the origin of all things in the universe." The circle in the center of the flag is divided into portions of red and blue by a horizontal "S". These red (top) and blue (bottom) portions symbolize the Um and Yang theory of eternal duality which exists within nature. (i.e.; heaven-earth, light-dark, hot-cold). In science this theory can be represented with the symbols "+" and "-".

The four "gye" (bar design) in the corner of the flag are based on the Um and Yang principal of light and darkness. The locale of these gye represent the four points of the compass. Ee-gye (lower left) indicated dawn and early sunlight as the sun rises in the east. Kun-gye (upper left) represents the bright sunshine when the sun is in the south. Kam-gye (upper right) represents twilight as the sun moved to the west. And Kon-gye (lower right) indicated total darkness when the sun is in the north. Together these symbols express the mysteries of the universe.

The flag always hangs with the red on top when hanging in landscape fashion and with blue on the left side of the circle when hanging in portrait fashion.


 


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