The National Flag - Taegeukgi

The National Flag - Taegeukgi

Origin

Following the trend for modern states to adopt national flags, the decision to create a national flag for Korea emerged with the ratification of the Korea-United States Treaty of 1882. No accurate records remain of the Korean flag chosen for use at the signing ceremony; however, some argue that the flag was si milar to the ensign flag featured in the Flags of Maritime Nations issued by the U.S. Navy Department’s Bureau of Navigation and found in 2004. In his capacity as Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary under King Gojong, Park Yeong-hyo kept a record of his diplomatic mission to Japan in 1882.

In his capacity as Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary under King Gojong, Park Yeong-hyo kept a record of his diplomatic mission to Japan in 1882. According to his journal, known as Sahwagiryak, in September of that year while aboard the ship to Japan, Park created a four-trigram flag with a taegeuk circle (instead of the flag with eight black bars that had been used prior to 1800). The flag was used from September 25, 1882, according to Park’s report to the government on October 3 of that year. By royal order on March 6, 1883, King Gojong promulgated that Park’s flag with a taegeuk circle in the center and four trigrams around it (the flag named Taegeukgi) be the national flag. However, due to a lack of specific guidelines, the flag design took different forms. On June 29, 1942, the Provisional Government issued a national flag style guide to ensure that subsequent flags would be created in a consistent manner. Despite these efforts, however, ordinary people were unaware of these guidelines.After the establishment of the Republic of Korea on August 15, 1948, the government felt an increasing need to standardize flag construction. Thus in January 1949, it formed the National Flag Correction Committee, which announced the National Flag Construction Guidelines on October 15 of that year. A number of regulations were later implemented, providing for the systematic management of the flag: the Act on the Flag of the Republic of Korea, enacted in January 2007; the Enforcement Decree of the Act on the Flag of the Republic of Korea, in July 2007; and the Regulations on the Hoisting, Management, and Promotion of the National Flag in September 2009 (by instructions from the Prime Minister).

Symbolism of the flag

The Taegeukgi consists of a white background, a red and blue taegeuk circle in the center, and four black trigrams (collectively called geongongamri), one in each corner of the flag. The white background represents brightness, purity, and peace, qualities that are highly valued by the people. The taegeuk, which has long been a commonly used motif, denotes the harmony between the negative cosmic forces (yin : blue portion) and the positive cosmic forces (yang : red portion), depicting the truth of nature that all things are created and evolve through the interaction of yin and yang. The four black trigrams are specific representations of the movement and harmony of these forces. In detail, the geon symbolizes the sky, the gon the earth, the gam water, and the ri fire. Together, they create harmony around the taegeuk mark. In short, the Taegeukgi flag embodies the vision of the Korean people who, like the universe, seek continuous creation and enrichment. By upholding the spirit and significance of the Taegeukgi, the people seek to realize unity and unification and contribute to the happiness and peace of humanity.

Construction of the Flag of Korea

Construction of the Flag of Korea

  1. ① Diameter of circle x 3
  2. ② Diameter of circle x 2
  3. ③ Diameter of circle x 1/2
  4. ④ Length of flag x 1/2
  5. ⑤ Right angle (90 degrees)
  6. ⑥ Diameter of Circle x 1/24
  7. ⑦ Diameter of circle x 1/4
  8. ⑧ Diameter of circle x 1/3
  9. ⑨ Diameter of circle x 1/12

Pledge of allegiance to the flag (revised on July 27, 2007)

I, standing before the noble Taegeukgi, solemnly pledge allegiance to the Republic of Korea, to its glory, liberty and justice.

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Chief of Staff, PMS

Chief of Staff, PMS

 

Park Seung-KeunPark Seung-keun

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Education 1986

Graduated from Hyekwang High School

1991

B.A. in Law, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

2014

Completed the ICT & Media Policy Course, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

2017

Completed the Fair Trade Expert Course, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

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Career
1994

Passed the 36th National Bar Examination

1997

Completed the 26th Training Course, Judicial Research & Training Institute

2000~2002

Prosecutor, Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office

2005~2007

Prosecutor, Office of Legal Counsel, Ministry of Justice

2007~2009

Legal Adviser, Office for Government Policy Coordination

2009~2010

Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Daegu District Prosecutors’ Office

2010~2012

Investigation Adviser (Chief Prosecutor) National Intelligence Service

2012~2013

Head of Public Security Division, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office

2013~2014

Head of Public Security Department, Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office

2014~2015

Head of Planning and Coordination Department, Institute of Justice

2015~2016

Chief of Investigator Department 7, Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office

2016~2017

Chief of Investigator Department 1, Daegu District Prosecutors’ Office

2017~2018

Legal Advisor (Deputy Prosecutor General) Fair Trade Commission

2018~2019

Head of Suncheon Branch Office, Gwangju District Prosecutors’ Office

2019~2020

Director of Yongin Branch, Institute of Justice

2020

Prosecutor, Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office

2020~2022

Attorney, Barun Law LLC

June 3, 2022. Present Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s Secretariat