Flag of North Korea

Flag of North Korea
Country North Korea
Population 26,160,821 (2023)
Area (Km²) 120,410
Сontinent Asia
Emoji 🇰🇵
  hex rgb
#024FA2 2, 79, 162
#FFFFFF 255, 255, 255
#ED1C27 237, 28, 39

The flag of North Korea was adopted on September 8, 1948 and consists of three stripes: blue, red, and blue, with the red stripe occupying the majority of the flag and including a red star on a white background to the left of center. The red stripe is also separated from the two blue stripes by thin white stripes.

What does the North Korean flag mean?

  • red color symbolizes communism, revolution and the idea of the subject; 
  • blue symbolizes the desire for peace and the hope of the people; 
  • white color symbolizes light and yin and yang;
  • the red star in a white circle represents the construction of communism and is also a symbol of the Korean People's Army.

However, this is the modern meaning of the flag, and the meaning of the flag at the time of its creation was somewhat different: 

  • The blue color represented the East and West Seas on the left and right sides of the Korean Peninsula;
  • the red star represented communism;
  • the white color around the red star represented the defense of communism.

The color ratio is 6 (blue), 2 (white), 17 (red).

History of the North Korean flag

The evolution of the North Korean flag is marked by a transition from traditional Korean symbols to an image influenced by communist ideology, reflecting the country's political and ideological transformations.

Initially, from 1946 to 1948, the entire Korean peninsula used the Taegeukgi, a flag that embodied traditional Korean values. After World War II and the subsequent division of Korea, the need for clear national symbols led to the adoption of the current North Korean flag in 1948.

History of the North Korean flag

With its unique design, this new flag marked a departure from traditional elements, moving closer to Soviet-influenced socialist imagery. In 1992, the red star was enlarged, and the flag design has remained unchanged since then, emphasizing the long-lasting nature of the chosen symbols and North Korea's commitment to its founding principles.