Una imagen de la bandera coreana de hace 126 años

De acuerdo con esta noticia en inglés, con motivo del Día de la Independencia se ha mostrado al público uno de los testimonios más antiguos de la bandera coreana, un dibujo incluido en un a carta escrita en noviembre de 1882 por el viceministro japonés de Asuntos Exteriores al embajador estadounidense en Japón.

Copy of 126-year-old Korean flag unearthed

To mark the March First Independence Day, the Independence Hall of Korea unveiled Thursday (Feb. 28) a copy of the Korean national flag Taegeukki, showing the oldest image of the flag from more than 120 years ago.
Discovered in the National Archives of the United Kingdom, this copy of the flag was enclosed in a letter written by then-Japanese vice foreign minister Yoshida Kiyonari to U.K. ambassador to Japan Harry Parkes in November 1882, according to Korea's Independence Hall.
In the letter, the Japanese vice foreign minister introduced the copy as the national flag of Korea to the British ambassador.
This copy shows one of the oldest designs, which was originally created by Bak Yeong-hyo (1861-1939) during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) in September 1882.

Bak was appointed by Emperor Gojong (1852-1919), as Joseon¡¯s ambassador to Japan in September 1882. While aboard a ship heading for Japan, Bak drew a national flag with a taegeuk circle and included only four trigrams, and started using the flag on the 25th of that month. On October 3, he reported this to King Gojong, who formally proclaimed the Taegeukgi as the national flag on March 6, 1883.
This copy has a taegeuk circle painted in red and blue representing the yin and yang that symbolizes universal harmony, one black trigram in each of the four corners and a white background. The white background of taegeukgi symbolizes light and purity and reflects the Korean people¡¯s traditional affinity for peace.
The four trigrams of Geon, Gon, Gam, and Li, painted in blue in this copy, which surround the yin-yang circle, denote the process of yin and yang going through a series of changes and growth.

By Yoon SojungKorea.net Staff writer

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