DPRK’s National Emblem Explained by North Korea 북조선으로부터 듣는 조선민주주의 인민공화국 국장(國章)의 해설

NOTE: The explanation of the DPRK National Emblem was provided by a North Korean representative and summarized by me. 참고: 북조선의 국장에 대한 해설은 북조선측으로부터 제공받은 후에 제가 요약했습니다.

“The national emblem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea bears the design of a grand hydroelectric power station under Mt Paektu and the beaming light of a five-pointed red star, with ears of rice forming an oval frame, bound with a red ribbon bearing the inscription The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The emblem, instituted with the founding of the DPRK in September Juche 37 (1948), gives a graphic image of the country.”

“조선민주주의 인민공화국의 국장은 백두산과 다섯개의 꼭지점이 있는 붉은 별에서 뻗어나가는 광선 아래로 거대한 수력발전소가 있고, 타원형으로 감싸안은 벼이삭과 조선민주주의 인민공화국 문장이 쓰여 있는 붉은 리본으로 구성되어있다. 이 국장은 주체 37년(1948년) 북조선의 개국과 함께 시행되었으며, 국가에 대한 회화적 이미지를 제공해준다”

Mt Paektu portrayed in the national emblem is the highest mountain in Korea, and it is regarded by the Korean nation as their ancestral mountain. An armed struggle was waged centering around the mountain to liberate the country from the Japanese imperial occupation between 1905-1945.

국장에 묘사된 백두산은 조선의 가장 높은 산이며 조선민족에게는 조상으로부터 내려오는 영산으로 간주된다. 일제강점기인 1905년부터 1945년 사이에 백두산을 중심으로 나라의 독립을 위한 무장 투쟁이 있었다.

Mt Paektu in the national emblem depicts the will of the Korean people to carry forward the traditions of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle.

국장 속의 백두산은 항일투쟁운동의 전통을 이어가고자하는 조선민족의 의지를 표현한다. 

The DPRK models itself as a country with a strong spirit of independence that is advancing vigorously, repulsing the challenges and blockade of the outside forces in the spirit of self-reliance.

가열차게 전진하는 강력한 독립정신을 갖춘 국가로써 북조선은, 외세의 도전과 봉쇄를 자주정신으로써 물리치는 국가인 것이다.

The red ribbon portrayed in the national emblem stands for the unity of the Korean people. Unity that constitutes a foundation of all the state activities.

국장에 묘사된 붉은 리본은 조선인민의 단결을 의미한다 . 단결은 모든 국가활동의 기초를 구성한다. 

The hydroelectric power station depicted in the emblem is symbolic of Korea’s modern industry based on heavy industry. The DPRK is the only country which depicted a symbol of electrification in its national emblem.

국장 속의 수력발전소는 중공업을 바탕으로 한 조선의 근대 산업을 상징한다. 북조선은 국장 안에  발전소 상징을 넣은 유일한 국가이다. 

The ears of rice portrayed in the emblem represent the bright prospect of socialist agriculture of the DPRK.

국장에 묘사된 벼이삭은 북조선 사회주의 농업의 밝은 전망을 표현한다.  

The wikipedia explanation of the Emblem of North Korea can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emblem_of_North_Korea

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