Symbolism of the South Korean Flag Explained to my Korean Friends

Every once in a while I ask one of my Korean friends if he/she knows the meaning of the Korean flag and, more often than not, that person has never learned its symbolism (so I treat is as an educating experience).

The flag itself would most likely meet Roman Mars’ standards for design and, more importantly, its symbolism is quite beautiful.

In short, the red and blue represent opposing cosmic (positive and negative – respectively) forces, and the outer symbols represent the four elements: heaven (air), earth, fire and water.

You can learn more about the South Korean flag here, and I encourage you to learn the meaning of your Nation’s (and localities) flags as well.