It’s funny how I have always been able to recognise the South Korean flag, but I never truly noticed that the black lines in all four corners were slightly different from each other. But now that you’ve explained it to me, I’ll never unsee it. Just goes to show that you can recognise and “know” something without TRULY “knowing” it.
I’m getting a thirst for a Pepsi for some reason.
YinYang symbol was found in Anciant Roman Shield decoration.
Not sure what that symbol meant to Ancient Romans though.
The Korean Symbol in the middle that sort of look like a Pepsi logo represents the balance in the world.
The funniest part is that Pepsi is one of the most popular drinks in South Korea
Korean flags are really interesting, its also interesting to note how the Russian flag has also changed so much through history. But predominantly, the most known Russian flag is the Soviet flag which is a bit ironic.
I like the South Korean flag because it looks unique and elegant.
Yeah that’s from Chinese Bagua 八卦
I was kind of curious if there was any significance or reason to why they changed the design of the Taegeuk between the earlier flag and the post occupation flag to be less “spirally”.
Maybe originally they didn’t want to look too similar to yinyang.
But later they realized it wasn’t similar enough.
Like idiots kept asking “but what is that?”
I like the spiral taegeuk better honestly
Maybe it has to do with printing and dyeing, it’s probably really difficult to get the right shapes and even harder to standardize the correct “angle(for my lack of a better word)” of the spiral.
Always wondered what was the back story of that flag due to its uniqueness. Thanks for the explanation.
People love to talk about the symbolism of flag colors. But the real reason so many flags are red, white, and blue is that red and blue are the cheapest dyes. And if you are starting with fabric that has been bleached white, leaving parts white is even cheaper.
Blue was certainly not a cheap dye until it could be produced synthetically.
I always thought it was interesting how the taegeuk looked like the north/south border
i now realice that my faucet has a 90º flipped taegeuk. Its interesting how red and blue represents similar concepts in radically different contexts (red=more heat=positive, blue=less heat=negative)
我现在意识到我的水龙头有一个 90° 翻转的太极。有趣的是，红色和蓝色在完全不同的上下文中代表相似的概念（红色=更多热量=积极，蓝色=更少热量=消极）
Korean Empire was founded in 1897 by king ‘Gojong’ of Joseon dynasty to strengthen Korea’s deplomatical position until getting merge to Japanese empire in 1910. During 1392 to 1897 is Joseon dynasty
大韩帝国于 1897 年由朝鲜王朝国王“高宗”建立，以加强韩国的外交地位，直到 1910 年并入日本帝国。1392 年至 1897 年是朝鲜王朝
South Vietnam also had a Bagua-based flag, though they only put a single Trigram on it.
I have allways considered South Korea’s flag the most beautiful in the world.Greetings from México.
South Korean flag has one of the best designs in the world.
the korean flag is basically a lofty way for royals or governments to communicate that they hold up the heavens, the earth, the moon, the sun and the harmony of forces over the white korean garment
I really wish Korea wasn’t divided into two after it had gain independence from Japan following the end of WW2.
When I was first Teaching in S. Korea, in 1972, I saw an old shrine with the black and white Taeguk on the door. In addition I occasionally saw pictures that had three rather than two components, a yellow shape was added to the similar blue and red shapes. I saw both a curly version like the Imperial flag, and a version more like the present one on the flag. A version NOT used on the flag has two “eyes,” the one within the blue shape being red and the one within the red shape being blue. The symbolism here being that each form or status has within it the seed of the other. I thought that somewhat similar to a Marks & Engels notion.
Thanks for another very interesting video, and for the trip down memory lane.
한국 전통 태극은 지금의 양극이 아닌 빨강 파랑 노랑의 3극이었답니다.
When the chinese gave their puppet more thought than the british for the entire colonial empire…
The Koreans adopted the flag even to this day, because it actually represented their country and wasn’t just a chain to their (fromer) overlord.
Good thing they did, previous flags were kind of messy. Although I thought 1946 flag was quite neat
So what’s the difference between the Taijitu and Taegeuk? I mean conceptually, other than the obvious colour difference.
You can search and see the origin of Taegeuk of the flag from traditional “삼태극(triple Taegeuk)” symbol which is different from Taichi.
Traditionally in ancient korea, Triple Teageuk symbol had been used widely.
Taichi symbolizes yin and yang, but Triple Teageuk does heaven, earth and human.
In my opinion, Taegeuk symbol of the flag is the result of simplifying triple taegeuk and fusing with Taichi.
interesting, never knew the history or symbolism of that flag
The four Bagua symbols are heaven, earth, water, and fire.
f go look after the South korean flag specifically, the original flag with all of the basic sets of the original TaiChi Bagua is good meaning, but now, the four “gua”(which are those diagram shaped things) may seem good luck in first glance, but if you go and search them in Yi Jing or other original explanations of the guas, you will find them exactly fit in what the South Korea’s problems. Now I will just cover the common one (everybody learnt about Tai Chi Bagua would immediately tell) the original Tai Chi circle is not completely divided, they have little bits of each other inside (the little black and white dots in each other), this means that the positive and negative are bound together and are in fact the two sides of the same thing, but when you get rid of them, they means consitant confront. More specifically extreme feminists and extreme masculinist up scaling to a political issue, which is what’s happening in South Korea now. And it’s not just this, the South Korea history actually fits their flag very well. Anybody interested should really go and search it.
I’m proud of the Korean flag because it’s a great intuitive symbol of free democracy, which is the Korean perspective.
The Joseon Dynasty first sent a diplomatic mission to the United States in 1883, and the Korean diplomats were deeply impressed by the Western democratic system in the United States. In fact, the first thing they did when they returned to Korea was to discuss western democracy and how to put it into practice together with Korean philosophy.
Taoism entered Korea before the Confucianism more than 2000 years ago but never really adopted officially by various Korean states, the main religion was basically local folk shamanism but when Buddhism entered Korea, the all of Korean kingdoms adopted Buddhism as official state religion and this became more systematically adopted and late Silla to Goryeo periods were the golden age for Buddhism in Korea. It was the state religion, however Neo-Confucianism was favored by the scholars of Goryeo and this led to official adoption by the late Goryeo after Buddhism became corrupted and discourage, when Joseon took over from late Goryeo, Neo-Confucianism became the state religion and code of everything from way of life to laws.
The old flag is because north and south were merged together (as you can see in the design)
the new flag they aren’t merged and they actually look a little bit like the border between north and south
It is not from confucias or daoism and ying yang is not the origin it is from shaivism from india. You can find the transformation is detail abt this symbol, especially in south indian temples.
”Korean empire” lol; it didn’t exist until 1897 and when it did exist it wasn’t an empire but a joke.
“大韩帝国”哈哈；它直到 1897 年才存在，当它真正存在时，它不再是一个帝国，而是一个笑话。