Taeguk (The Korean Flag)

The Korean Flag:

The Korean flag is considered to be the most philosophical flag in the world for the following reasons:

Korean history

The white background symbolizes the land of Korea while the center circle, its people.  The bars are symbolic of its balanced government and philosophical underpinning.  The central t’aeguk circle is a yin/yang symbol representing the interrelatedness of opposing forces, the dualism of nature and the harmony and balance of opposites.  The red upper half is the positive (yang), representing light, day, fire, maleness, goodness, life and heat.  The blue lower half (yin) represents darkness, night, water, femininity, evil, death and cold.  The bars come from ancient Taoist and Confucian thought, representing opposite yet harmonious aspects of nature.  The three solid bars represent heaven, east, spring and generosity.  The three broken bars represent the earth, west, summer and righteousness, two solid and one broken bar – the sun, south, autumn and courtesy, the two broken and one solid bar, the moon, north, winter and wisdom.


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