Figure 1

The meaning of Pal Gwe is equivalent to the Chinese Pa Kua. These Pa Kua, or “trigrams” in the English language, relate to the I-Ching Octahedron (Figure 1).

This Oriental paradigm is a symbol that features a central, stylized “Yin-yang” symbol (Figure 2) in its center, surrounded on eight sides by these Pal Gwe or trigrams.

Figure 2

Figure 3

The Korean-ized Yin-yang (Center of Korean Flag, Figure 3), is achieved by a removal of the lesser Yin and Yang symbols (little circles), from the Yin-yang and a substitution of the black and white with the colors red and blue. These are usually described as “sky” and “sun”.

To truly represent the Pal Gwe concept in its Korean interpretation, as the I-Ching is of Chinese origins, one should substitute the Korean-ized “Um-yang”, or “Tae Guk”, in place of the Chinese Yin-yang (Figure 4).

Figure 4

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