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Sangjwa (상좌; "High Commander") is a Korean military rank used by the armed forces of North Korea. The insignia for a sangjwa is a shoulder board containing two vertical stripes and three vertical white stars. This is influenced by the former colonel insignia of the Soviet Union.

Sangjwa
Chosŏn'gŭl
상좌
Hancha
Revised RomanizationSangjwa
McCune–ReischauerSangjwa

North Korea also maintains a senior colonel rank known as Taejwa (대좌; "Grand Commander"). The insignia for a Taejwa is a shoulder board containing two vertical stripes and four stars (two vertical white stars over two horizontal white stars).

Sangjwa insignia Taejwa insignia
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