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Use of Nat’l Flag for Profit Banned

Posted September. 11, 2009 08:03,   


The Public Administration and Security Ministry yesterday banned the use of the national flag for profit.

Using the flag in ads or hanging it to promote a store is not allowed, the ministry said. New guidelines on the national flag were dispersed over five statues under an order by the prime minister that took effect yesterday.

The new order encourages the use of the national flag and the yin-yang symbol but discourages those who want to use them to promote a person or group or generate profit.

Using a picture of the national flag in books to be published to make it appear as if they were certified by the government is banned, as is use of the yin-yang symbol on ads. Use of the national flag in goods that consumers can decide to buy or in art pieces is allowed, however.

To enhance Korea’s dignity, the national flag’s image will be banned in disposable goods such as napkins, cups at fast food restaurants, or on sitting mats. Using the flag on a screen instead of a real one for the pledge of allegiance is also disallowed.