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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Taegukki: Korean National Flag

The Korean flag called "Taegukki". It symbolizes much of the thought, philosophy and mysticism of the Orient. The three aspects of a nation are the land, the people and the government. These are symbolized on the taeguk: the white ground represents the land, the circle represents the people and the four bars represents the governments. Depicted on the flag is a circle divided equally and in perfect balance. This is an ancient symbol of the universe. These red and blue opposites express the dualism of the cosmos: fire and water, day and night, dark and light, construction and destruction, masculine and feminine, active and passive, heat and cold, plus and minus, and so on.
The central thought in the taeguk indicates that while there is a constant movement within the sphere on of infinity, there are also balance and harmony. Three bars at each corner also carry the ideas of opposition and balance. The three unbroken lines stand for heaven; the opposite three broken lines represent the earth. At the lower left hand corner of the flag with two lines and a broken line between symbolizes fire and the opposite is the symbol of water.
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