Oldest remaining prototype of Korea’s national flag goes on display
“Denny Taegeukgi,” the oldest remaining prototype of Korea’s national flag, will be put on exhibition at the National Museum of Korea from Friday in celebration of the country’s Liberation Day.
The flag was presented by Joseon King Gojong (1863-1907) to Owen Denny, an American consul who served as his diplomatic adviser, upon his return to the United States in 1890. Following Denny’s death in 1900, the flag had been kept by his family before one of his descendants donated it to Korea in 1981. It was registered as a cultural heritage in 2008.
The hand-sewn cotton flag, measuring 2.6 meters (8.53 feet) in width and 1.8 meters in height, is a prototype of today’s Taegeukgi design.
[NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA]