Top 15 Symbol and Traditional Patterns That Represents South Korea!


In this article we will share to you the 15 symbol and traditional patterns that represents south korea. If you are a south korean army and south korea fanatics, then make sure you read until the end to get the most out of it.

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Ancient Korean has adapted and found meaning in the nature, and so show they show it through diverse patterns and motifs that can be found adorning everything from Korean traditional architecture to objects of every day life. However, many of this symbols are quiet similar to Chinese characters for luck, fortune, longevity, and fertility.

Mugunghwa Flower

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Mugunghwa (무궁화) has been the national flower and symbol of south korea since ancient time, even before gojoseon period. Mugunghwa itself has a meaning of ‘eternal blossoms that never fades’, which represents Korean people’s resilient spirit and constant improvement for a better future of Korea.

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You can see how significant the Mugunghwa is since it is used on national symbols, such as the President’s emblem, lawmakers’ badges, Supreme Court logo, and symbols of other government agencies.

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Useful Informations:
Scientific name: Hibiscus Syriacus L


  • Mugunghwa flower blooms from early July to mid-October (100 days)
  • It has five petals, short stems, and is usually white, pink, or purple.
  • The flowers bloom early in the morning and wilt in the afternoon.
  • Mugunghwa lives and grows vigorously even in harsh environments, such as valleys and cliffs.


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Tigers is unofficially known by many people as a national animals of South Korea. You can find many tiger character in korean folk tales, fairytales and paintings. Koreans regarded tigers as sacred creatures and lord of the forest since ancient times. Other than that, tiger itself represent strength, endurance and courage.

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Even the map of United Korea resemble a tiger shape, so koreans consider tiger as guardian gods for Korea. During 1988 Summer Olympics, Tiger was chosen, and that was the beginning of Korea’s rising internationally.


Kimchi has always been on people’s mind when it comes to korean food. Almost all korean dramas shows the scene where they’re either eating kimchi, talking about kimchi or showing their interest in kimchi. No doubt tourist think of kimchi as korean representative symbol.

Kimchi si actually a traditional korean side dish that are almost always on the tables no matter what main dish we eat. No wonder if people think of korea as kimchi land.

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Koreans use salt to preserve vegetables to eat during the winter, which is what is done with kimchi, and this is the origin of Korea’s fermented food culture. If you ever see Onggi, or korean claypot outside of restaurant, it is actually korean kimchi fermented process.


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There are a lot of korean brands that goes globally such as LG, Hyundai, Samsung and other brands, yet Samsung stand out. Interbrand even announced Samsung as number 1 Korea’s top 50 brands in 2021. 

You might also see the success of this smartphone all over the world, also thanks to many kpop and kdrama celebrities to help promote this small smartphone that just help samsung become one of the leading brands in global tech world.

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Samsung is dominating the global smartphone market due to it’s global semiconductor chip technology. 


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The first flag was created in 1882 and over the years the design has varied. After being banned during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945), the present taegukgi flag was created in 1948 as South Korea national flag.

Korea Colors

The colors in Korea have a traditional symbolism and related meanings. It has a unique traditional color spectrum called Obangsaek (오방색), consisting of white, black, blue, yellow, and red. The Taegeukgi, or Korean flag, has four of those colors, white, red, black, and blue.

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White symbolizes the beginning, and foundation of mankind, as well as represents light and purity.
Red: symbolizes power and passion.
Blue: symbolizes hope and calm, yet also represents life. 
Black: symbolizes darkness, death, courage, and discipline.

Double Hee

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This symbol expresses the wishes for a husband and wife to enjoy a happy marriage and you can find this usually at wedding ceremonies. In a broader sense, the meaning of the Double Hee symbol extends to a harmonious combination of Yin (female) and Yang (male) energies taken from Chinese cosmology.


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This type of talisman comes in 2 types: one acts as a good luck charm, and the other works to protect from evil or bad luck. Pujok usually had a yellow background with red symbols or characters. People felt that evil spirits disliked the colors of gold and yellow. Red represented blood or fire, and psychologically it meant the color of life and emotion.


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Swastika is the Buddhist symbol that represents an auspicious sign in Buddhism and is an ancient symbol originally thought to be Indian in origin – svastika is a Sanskrit word meaning auspiciousness or good luck.


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The combination of Dancheong colors symbolized the bright enlightenment of the next world. Round patterns meant that when someone reaches Nirvana, they can obtain the wisdom of Buddha.


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In Buddhism, this pattern means the ultimate equality and balance, taegeuk also represents the continuous cycle of life.


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Fish represent continuous effort, as fish never close it’s eyes even when it sleep. The classic Yin and Yang symbol can be interpreted as two fish and the fish can represent fearlessness and freedom.


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Lotus symbolizes birth and creation, lotus also symbolize that you can still be the light in the darkest world, same like lotus can grow beautifully in the muddy environment.


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Bat can live for a really long time, so this animal is a symbol of longevity. Design of 5 bats, called Obok (5 blessings), represents the five fortunes in life: longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue, and natural death.

8 Marks: Truths of Life and Nature

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The eight marks come from the Chinese King named Bokhee. According to legend, he created eight marks after observing the nature of sky, geography, and natural laws. These 8 characters were geometric symbols that were believed to explain all natural phenomena and shapes.

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How do you think about these 15 symbol and traditional pattern of south korea? Which one you like the most? Let us know in the comment sections below!

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