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Korea Paralympic Committee (South Korea)

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[Paralympic Korean flag] image by Tomislav Šipek, 5 August 2018

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The flag of Korea Paralympic Committee is white with logo.
Tomislav Šipek
, 5 August 2018

The "대한민국 국가 패럴림픽 위원회 역할을 한다" (English: Korea National Paralympic Committee) was established on May 12, 2006 It has both Provincial and City Branches ( as well as Trial Sports Associations, Disability type Groups, Affiliate organizations, recognized (independent) groups and previously authorized cancelled groups (sources: and that work in a coordinated fashion. It is a special corporation under the "문화체육관광부" (English: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism)(official website: ) established by "제34조에 의거 2005년 11월 24일 설립된 문화체육관광부 산하 특수법" (English: Article 34 of the Special Act of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, established on November 24, 2005).

The new Symbol ( created by the Committee Identity program of Korea Paralympic Committee (KPC) was designed with the motif of Korean flag. "The symbol is called "도전과 승리와 조화의 불꽃" (English: "The flame of challenge, victory and harmony) and it is based on a variant of the " 삼색의태극 or 삼태극" (English: tricolored Taegeuk), a popular variant, which adds a yellow lobe or "pa" (hanja: 巴 Hangul: 파). The yellow is taken as representing (leading) humanity (over) red and blue, representing earth and heaven respectively, meaning the endless harmony of the universe and the world. This version is related to the Buddhist symbol of Gankyil. The 'challenge, victory and harmony flame', which revolves continuously and dynamically, symbolizes the vitality of the vision, sympathy, and proliferation of KOSAD (Korea Disabled Persons Athletic Association (KPC), the nation's sole representative body in charge of the sports administration of the disabled in Korea.

There are four depictions of the flag, but I can't tell what they stand for since I cannot read the Korean text above each one of them, as follows (text is within the image, so the text cannot be copied):

A rendition of the tricolored Taegeuk (plus the black pa and green pa) appeared in the official logo of the 1988 Summer Olympics accompanied by the five Olympic rings.
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The colors in CPMYK are:
Red C: 0% M: 95.00% Y: 99.00% K: 0%
Yellow C: 2.00% M: 14.00% Y: 100% K: 0%
Blue C: 100% M: 91.00% Y: 4.00% K: 0%

The flag in GIF format is found here: (source:

It is important to notice that "the first designated Paralympic logo, created for the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul, was based on the traditional pa (Hangul: 파; Hanja: 巴), which is the spiral components making up the Taegeuk symbol. On October 6, 1990, the International Coordinating Committee of World Sports Organizations for the Disabled (ICC) was informed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) requested the five-pa symbol be altered — the IOC's marketing department considered it too similar to the Olympic rings. A new symbol created for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 1991 included six overlapping pa in a circle. In November 1991, the IPC members voted against the new symbol, retaining the five-pa symbol. However, the IOC made clear that it would refuse further collaboration with the IPC if the five-pa symbol remained in place. In March 1992, the Paralympic symbol was changed to a version utilizing only three pa (yellow, red and blue). This was not fully adopted until after the 1994 Winter Paralympics in Lillehammer, Norway, since the Lillehammer Paralympic Organizing Committee had by then already started a marketing program based on the five-pa version. The three-pa version remained in place from the close of the Lillehammer Games through the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece.
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For additional information go to Korean PC (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 6 August 2018