The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) announced Thursday it is designating three historically significant Taegeukgi, or Korean national flags, as treasures. They are the Denny Taegeukgi, a Taegeukgi signed by Kim Gu (1876-1949), and the Taegeukgi of the Gwangbokgun, or Korean Liberation Army. The announcement came about a month prior to the official designation, which will be formalized during next month's Cultural Properties Committee meeting.
CHA said it was happy to make the announcement just before the country celebrates its 76th Liberation Day on Aug. 15.
The three flags were produced in the 19th and 20th centuries and are “regarded as cultural assets that contain the aspiration for independence and the earnest desire to preserve the identity of Koreans during the harsh ordeal of the Japanese colonial period (1910-45),” said CHA. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]