Original South Korean Cold War Era Large Taegeukgi National Flag of South Korea - 65" x 104”

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of a rather large flag of South Korea, also known as Taegeukgi (Korean: 태극기). The condition is really good and shows no signs of extensive use, wear or damage other than holes in the corners from hanging the flag. The centered blue and red taegeuk and the surrounding four trigrams are all separately sewn on pieces.

Taegeuk is a Korean term cognate with the Chinese term Taiji, meaning "supreme ultimate", although it can also be translated as "great polarity / duality". The symbol was chosen for the design of the Korean national flag in the 1880s, swapping out the black and white color scheme often seen in most taijitu illustrations and substituting blue and red, respectively, along with a horizontal separator, as opposed to vertical.

A lovely example ready for further research and display.

The national flag of South Korea, also known as the Taegeukgi (also spelled as Taegukgi, lit. 'Taiji flag',) and colloquially known as the flag of Korea, has three parts: a white rectangular background, a red and blue Taegeuk in its center, accompanied by four black trigrams, one in each corner. Flags similar to the current Taegeukgi were used as the national flag of Korea by the Joseon dynasty, the Korean Empire, as well as the Korean government-in-exile during Japanese rule. South Korea adopted the Taegeukgi as its national flag when it gained independence from Japan on 15 August 1945.

The flag's field is white, a traditional color in Korean culture that was common in the daily attire of 19th-century Koreans and still appears in contemporary versions of traditional Korean garments such as the hanbok. The color represents peace and purity.

The circle in the flag's center symbolizes balance in the world. The blue half represents the sky, and the red half represents the land.

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