What does the Korean Flag and the Canadian Flag represent?

As the National Flag of Canada Day (February 15) is fast approaching, do you know what the Korean and the Canadian Flag represent?

Korean Flag

The Korean flag, also known as the “Tae-Guk-Gi”, has been changed and altered since the original version in March 6, 1883. Tae-Guk-Gi can be separated into 3 parts: the red and blue yin-yang symbol in the middle called the Taeguk, four black sets of 3 lines around the Taeguk, and a white back ground.

The red (yin) and blue (yang) represent the positive and the negative, respectively. Together they represent the balance of the universe.

The four sets of 3 black lines in each corner each represent the harmony and principles of movement. The top left corner is called “Geon”, the top right corner is called “Gam”. The bottom left corner is called “Ri” and lastly bottom right corner is called “Gon”. The meanings for each corner from top left to top right, bottom left to bottom right is justice, wisdom, fruition and vitality respectively while in family, the four can mean father, son, daughter and mother. The four elements, heaven, water, fire and earth can be represented through these.

Last but not least, the white background of the flag represents peace and purity.

Together, these 3 parts of the flag symbolizes Korea’s identity as a nation and the history and future of the country.

Canadian Flag

The Canadian Flag, Maple Leaf

The Canadian flag is also known as the “Maple Leaf” or “l’Unifolié” in French. It has been adopted since February 15, 1965, replacing the union Flag. The flag itself is horizontally symmetrical and it has two vertical red bands on each side with white background in between and a red maple leaf in the centre.

The red and white is Canada’s national colours. The maple leaf is said to have the meaning of unity as maple leaf tree can be found on both the west and east coast of Canada. Not only that but it represents tolerance and peace.

Furthermore, the honourable Maurice Bourget, the Speaker of the Senate also added symbolic meaning to the flag: “The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond my doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief of opinion.”


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2 replies »

  1. The meanings of Korean flag, I learned at the school. But I have never had opportunities of learning the meanings of Canadian flag. Thank you for your interesting information!

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