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List of Korean flags

This is a list of flags used by the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as well as flags used by the Joseon Dynasty and Korean Empire.

Unification flag

Flag Date Use Description
1991 – present Korean Unification Flag Used to represent the whole of Korea when North and South participate together in international sporting events.


Flag Date Use Description
Present National Flags of South and North Korea
1948–present Flag of the Republic of Korea
White field with a red and blue taegeuk in the center and four black trigrams, one in each corner of the flag
1948–present Flag of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Red field with a blue bar on the top and bottom and a star in the center
Historical version
1882–1910 Flag of Korean Empire

The middle version is depicted in the 1882 U.S. Navy book, Flags of Maritime Nations. Lower is in the 1944 United States postage stamp series. Design used in the past, but now abandoned

The former Korean imperial flag had a different taegeuk from that in the current South Korean flag. Note that the 1882 U.S. Navy depiction may be left-right reversed. The arrangement of the trigrams was not officially fixed until an ordinance of 1948, when the South Korean government was established.
1800 The flag of the king of the Joseon Dynasty

National Government (South Korea)

Flag Date Use Description
Presidential Standard
1967 – present Presidential Standard Two Phoenix taking golden Hibiscus syriacus under their wings.
Standard of the Prime Minister
1988 – present Standard of the Prime Minister Golden Hibiscus syriacus inlaid in symbolic Hibiscus syriacus insignia
Flag of the National Government
1988 – present Flag of the National Government Symbolic Hibiscus syriacus insignia, inlaid with the word 정부, or the National Government.


Flag Date Use Description
North Korea
? - present Flag of the People's Army
? - present Flag of the People's Navy
? - present Flag of the People's Air Force
South Korea
? - present Flag of the Ministry of National Defense Insignia of the Ministry on red field.
? - present Flag of the Army Insignia of the Army on a field parted per fess, above is white, below is blue.
1955 – present Naval ensign and jack Taegeuk on crossed anchors, in a white canton on a blue field.
1951 – present Flag of the Marine Corps The similarity with the flag of the USMC shows the strong American influence on the creation of South Korean military.

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