|Korea's Sam-Taegeuk Symbol
|the Korean-style Sam-Taegeuk
[three-part Grand Ultimate] Symbol,
used in Korean Shamanism, Neo-Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism
Blue = Heaven Red = Earth Yellow = Humanity
Heaven influences Earth, which influences Humanity, which influences Heaven...
or, in other interpretations, Blue = Heaven, Yellow = Earth and Red = Humanity
(depending whether Red is seen as the color of Chinese farming-soil or of human blood, and Yellow is seen as the color
of soil or of human skin; the Chinese Emperor wore yellow robes in representing Humanity as the "Son of Heaven".)
It doesn't seem to matter which color is where.
|Symbol and name "Sam-taegeuk" used by a nationalistic organization at a festival
|said to be from 1882
|Neo-Confucian two-part Taegeuk, llight-red & blue on royal-red background, with extra-long
swirls, on the gate of the Shrine to "Hoeheon" An Hyang at the Sosu-seowon Academy
|6-part Taegeuks on the Great East Gate of Seoul (Dongdae-mun, or Heunginji-mun)
|1912, Cheongsong County relic
|Taegeukgi that hung in the office of Kim Gu, President of the ROK in exile in China, about 1940-45.
Note the vertical orientation of the Taegeuk -- more Chinese-style.