North Korea’s Flag was adopted on September 8, 1948 and is considered the flag of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This flag was adopted after restoration of Korean independence from the Empire of Japan. In 1948, North Korea became a Socialist Republic receiving support from the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union. The adopted North Korea lag was actually designed in the Soviet Union and replaced a former model.
The flag’s design includes a red stripe in the center, outlined by two narrow white stripes above and below; two blue stripes (one on each side) surround the narrow white stripes. Near the hoist of the flag, within the wide central red stripe, a white circle containing a red star is placed.
The prominent red star is a symbol of communist ideology. The white disk surrounding the star is a representation of the taeguekgi, which is a Taoist Yin-Yang. Upon gaining independence from Japan, the taegueki was added to the flag. Further down the line, the flag was altered to look more like the USSR flag. The red stripe stands for revolutionary traditions, the blue stripes signify sovereignty, peace, and friendship, and the white stripes indicate purity.
There has been controversial information regarding symbolism of the North Korean Flag. The Korean Friendship Association indicates that the star denotes revolutionary traditions, while the red panel represents patriotism and determination of the Korean People. The Korean Friendship Association also suggests that the white stripes symbolize the culture, and the blue stripes unity.
While the aforementioned flag is the national flag, North Korea utilizes many other flags. Flags for the Korean People’s Army, the Worker’s Party of Korea, and flags for the Supreme Commander (Kim Jong-un) are often displayed as well.
In fact, North Korea is home to one of the World’s largest flying flagpoles. At 525 feet (160 meters) tall, with a flag weighing approximately 600 pounds, this flag is among the top five largest in the World. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s flag flies in the city Kijong-dong, on the North Korean side of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.