List of South Korean flags

This is a list of flags used in South Korea, from 1945 to the present.

National flagsEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  August 15, 1948 – October 15, 1949 Civil and state flag and ensign of the First Republic of South Korea. This flag was designed by the first National Assembly.
  October 15, 1949 – October 1984 Civil and state flag and ensign of South Korea This flag was designed by the Ministry of Education and Culture in October 1949. The exact colors were not specified.
  October 15, 1984 – October 1997 Civil and state flag and ensign of South Korea Dimensions were specified in 1984. The exact colors were not specified.
  October 15, 1997 – May 2011 Civil and state flag and ensign of the Sixth Republic of South Korea. In October 1997, the South Korean government officially specified the exact colors to be used on the flag via presidential decree.
  May 30, 2011 – present Civil and state flag and ensign of South Korea. In 2011, the South Korean government re-specified the colors.

National government flagsEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1967–present Presidential Standard Two phoenixes taking golden Hibiscus syriacus under their wings
  1988–present Standard of the prime minister Golden Hibiscus syriacus inlaid in symbolic Hibiscus syriacus insignia
  March 2016 – present Flag of the national government Symbolic Taeguk insignia, with wordmark in Korean 대한민국정부 ("Government of the Republic of Korea").
  1949 (original) –
1988 (design update) –
March 2016
Flag of the national government Symbolic Hibiscus syriacus insignia, inlaid with the words 정부 ("Government").
  2009–present Flag of the South Korean national police agency.

Military flagsEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1948–present Flag of the armed forces Insignia of the armed forces on a red field.
  1946–present Flag of the army Insignia of the army on a field parted per fess; above is white, below is blue.
  1955–present Naval jack (maritime flag) Taegeuk on crossed anchors in a white canton on a blue field
  1952–present Flag of the marine corps The similarity with the flag of the United States Marine Corps shows the strong influence of the United States since the creation of South Korean armed forces.
  1949–present Flag of the air force
  1968–present Flag of the Republic of Korea Reserve Forces

South Korean coast guard flagsEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  2005–present Flag of the South Korean coast guard Insignia of the South Korean coast guard, with the words 해양경찰청 ("Maritime Police Agency")

Historical flagsEdit

Flag Date Use Description
  1946–1996 Old flag of Seoul The circle in the center of the emblem represents a street[clarification needed] and the octagonal symbol stands for the eight mountains surrounding Seoul.

Political flagsEdit

Flag Date Use Description Ref.
  1976–1979 Flag of the South Korean People's Front Preparation Committee Similar to the flag of North Korea and the flag of Viet Cong [1]

Provincial-level division flagsEdit

Flag Name Geocode Description
  Seoul Special City KR-11 Flag of Seoul
  Sejong Special Self-Governing City KR-50 Flag of Sejong City
  Busan Metropolitan City KR-26 Flag of Busan
  Daegu Metropolitan City KR-27 Flag of Daegu
  Incheon Metropolitan City KR-28 Flag of Incheon
  Gwangju Metropolitan City KR-29 Flag of Gwangju
  Daejeon Metropolitan City KR-30 Flag of Daejeon
  Ulsan Metropolitan City KR-31 Flag of Ulsan
  Gyeonggi Province KR-41 Flag of Gyeonggi Province
  Gangwon Province KR-42 Flag of Gangwon Province
  North Chungcheong Province KR-43 Flag of North Chungcheong Province
  South Chungcheong Province KR-44 Flag of South Chungcheong Province
  North Jeolla Province KR-45 Flag of North Jeolla Province
  South Jeolla Province KR-46 Flag of South Jeolla Province
  North Gyeongsang Province KR-47 Flag of North Gyeongsang Province
  South Gyeongsang Province KR-48 Flag of South Gyeongsang Province
  Jeju Special Self-Governing Province KR-49 Flag of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

North Korean provincial flagsEdit

As the South Korean government claims the territory of North Korea as its own, provincial flags also exist for the North Korean provinces that are claimed by South Korea. The following are flags of the five Korean provinces located entirely north of the Military Demarcation Line as according to the South Korean government, as it formally claims to be the sole legitimate government of the entire Korean Peninsula.

Flag Name Geocode Description
  North Hamgyeong Province -
(KP-09)
Flag of North Hamgyeong Province, claimed by South Korea
  South Hamgyeong Province -
(KP-08)
Flag of South Hamgyeong Province, claimed by South Korea
  Hwanghae Province -
(KP-05 and KP-06)
Flag of Hwanghae Province, claimed by South Korea
  North Pyeongan Province -
(KP-03)
Flag of North Pyeongan Province, claimed by South Korea
  South Pyeongan Province -
(KP-02)
Flag of South Pyeongan Province, claimed by South Korea

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tertitskiy 2016, p. 276.

Works citedEdit

  • Tertitskiy, Fyodor (August 2016). "Star and Stripes: History of the North Korean Flag and its Place in State Ideology" (PDF). Journal of Contemporary Korean Studies. 3 (1–2): 265–284. OCLC 6848975723.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)