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S. Korea’s Oldest National Flag to Appear in National Museum

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SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Korea Bizwire)Starting Tuesday, the National Museum of Korea will exhibit South Korea’s oldest national flag until March 8, in commemoration of the 102nd anniversary of the March 1 movement against Japanese colonial rule.

The flag is called Denny’s, as King Gojong (1863-1907) of the Joseon Dynasty gave it to U.S. consul Owen Denny, who had served as his foreign affairs adviser, when he returned home in 1890.

The flag was donated back to South Korea in 1981 by William Ralston, Denny’s descendent.


The flag is 263 centimeters in width and 180 centimeters in length, made by connecting two sheets of cotton cloth, on top of which separate cloths of red and blue have been cut and sewed.

While the four stripes surrounding the Taeguk symbol are identical to the current design, their colors are blue, instead of black.

Image Credit: National Museum of Korea / Yonhap / photonews@koreabizwire.com

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