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National symbols of South Korea: Korean culture

Every state is looking for identity. And the state symbols – the flag of the country, its coat of arms, anthem, and some others, is the best way. Just look at football fans – if they are “sick” of the house, paint the face your team colors. But if abroad – the faces appear the colors of the flag of the country from which they came. We may be from different social groups to have completely different professions, preferences and beliefs – but it is the flag, emblem and anthem unite us and remind us of belonging to one nation. In addition, these main characters are expressed for the country values.

And, although we are accustomed to thinking of state symbols as a matter of course, formation of the full “package” of symbols in many countries happened not so long ago – in the 19th century. In Korea this process started already in the late 19th century – in 1882.

The first national symbol of this country was the flag “Thegucci” – the image of the Great Limit (the red and blue “swirl”) and four trigrams. My birth flag of Korea is obliged to Korean diplomat Pak Yong-Hyun, which has developed the sketch of the flag during a diplomatic mission to Japan. Standard flag came only in 1948, the newly founded Republic of Korea needed approved state symbols.

The Korean flag is deeply symbolic. White background color the Koreans consider to be their symbol; blue and red color Great limit are symbols of hope and nobility. Trigrams, selected for flag mean hope, creativity, peace, unity and infinity.

If the flag of Korea appeared as the affirmation of the independence of Korea, the national anthem is a sadness about its loss. The words of the hymn appeared in 1910, after Korea fell under the rule of Japan. Performed the song, whose author is still not known on the Scottish melody “For the good old days”. Later, in 1948, after the national anthem was officially recognized, he had a special name – “aegukka”. Originally this word meant any song about love of country. In the forties of the 20th century was composed and new tune of the hymn, the author of which was An IK-Tae, a famous Korean composer and conductor.

In the “package” of symbols of the state in Korea not only includes the flag and anthem, but another unusual element is the national flower.

The status of national flower hibiscus received in 1948. It embodies all the qualities that are valued by Koreans – the life force of the nation (this plant is almost immune to diseases), beauty, priemlemaya no-frills vitality of the spirit (the flowers bloom one after another, and the plant blooms almost constantly), the principle of “the good of mankind” (hibiscus is used in cooking and medicine). Their country the Koreans called “the Motherland of hibiscus”.