Remember during the Olympics, where they accidentally put the Republic of Korea’s flag out instead of the flag for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea? It was quite a big deal, and rightly so; a flag says a lot about what a country is – and what it wants to be.
Ladies and gentlemen: the story behind the flag of North Korea.
In Korean, the flag is the람홍색공화국기 (Ramhongsaek Konghwagukgi) and it consists of a central red panel bordered above and below by narrow white stripes and a broad blue stripe. The central red panel has a five-pointed star within a white circle.
Now, whilst communist flags can be a bit boring (USSR or China, anyone?), the DPRK flag is quite a nice one as flags go. But let’s get into the nitty gritty of its symbolism.
The Red Star of the North Korean flag
This one’s obvious for communist nerds: the red star symbolises communism.
The Red panel
According to the Korean Friendship Association, the red panel represents the determination and patriotism of the Korean people.
The White stripes
The white stripes in the North Korean flag stand for the unity of the Korean Peninsula and the country’s culture.
The Blue Stripes
The blue stripes represent the Korean determination to fight for independence, peace, friendship, and international unity.
President Kim Il Sung and his successors have often talked about the importance of the flag; like many other patriotic countries, it can often be seen flying over government buildings, and during holidays the only country that can outdo it for flags per square mile is probably the US.
Speaking of the US: from a personal point of view it was very strange to see it paired with the American flag at the Hanoi Summit; something I did not expect to see!
It is possible to buy a North Korean flag on one of our many North Koreans tours..