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Korean Governmental Flag

Last modified: 2021-08-24 by christopher oehler
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[Korean governmental flag] image by Tomislav Šipek, 12 February 2019

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Description of the Flag

"The new government flag was hoisted for the first time on March 29, 2016. Following the recent changes where the official government insignia ( was changed from a hibiscus to a (stylized) "태극" pattern (taegeuk), the new flag is hoisted for the first time on March 29 in front of the Government Complex-Seoul.

The flag bears the taegeuk symbol, representing Korea's history and traditions and its vision for the future. Below the symbol is written "Government of the Republic of Korea." The hibiscus insignia, which was used on the governmental flag from 1949, had symbolized the Korean government for the past 67 years, but it garnered low public awareness. Moreover, each government agency had been using its own logo or insignia.

At the flag hoisting ceremony on March 29, Minster of the Interior Hong Yun-sik hands over the previous flag, used for 67 years and bearing a hibiscus, to a representative from the National Archives of Korea "

The flag is a horizontal white flag with the logo ( and below the inscription "대한민국 정부" (English: Government of the Republic of Korea) as seen here: (source: The same pattern applies to all Ministries, that is: same symbol with inscription in Korean below.

The official color palette for the logo is found here: (source:

For additional information go to (official websites):
Esteban Rivera, 29 July 2017

The new government flag is the basic flag for all government ministries.
Tomislav Šipek, 12 February 2019

Former Flag

[Korean governmental flag] image by Tomislav Šipek, 12 February 2019
Usage Code: [FIS Code]

Kaori Sekino translated the text on the Korean blue flag into Japanese and then I translated it into English:

The Korean words in the center of the flag means "government".

Re: Decree on government flag
(President Decree No. 99 issued on November 28th 1998 )

This is to publicly announce that the way of making "government flag" representing the Korean government and the usage are stipulated as follows:

1 Way of making government flag is shown in #1.

2 Usage

A) The government flag may be hoisted and put up on wall in government combined office building, government public conference room, Secretary of State office room and meeting room and so on.

B) The government flag shall be hoisted next to our national flag but not together with any other national flag.

C) The main device of the flag may be used alone as a government logo in necessary occasion.

D) The central government organization and agencies may replace words of "government" of the flag with "abbreviated form of its own name of organization or agency " and use it as organization or agency flag.

Appendix: The decree comes into force on the date of public announcement.

#1 : The translation of way of making government flag is omitted as shown in the construction sheet.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 22 September 2006