|Symbols of Seoul|
The badge of Seoul was designed to symbolize the City's aspirations to become one of the world¡¯s central cities in the 21st century. The badge has been used since October 28, 1996.
Another symbol is the cartoon character ¡®Wangbomi.' Wangbomi is an image of a Korean tiger in traditional folk painting. It was designed to be in harmony with the badge of Seoul and has been used officially since February 19, 1988.
The ginkgo tree is not only beautiful but it is resistant to the pollution and damage from harmful insects. Seoul Metropolitan government adopted the ginkgo tree as the tree symbolizing Seoul in April 3, 1971. Ginkgo trees eventually become gigantic, and this symbolizes the infinite development of Seoul.
The Seoul Metropolitan chose The Golden Bell as the flower to symbolize Seoul on April 3rd, 1971. The Golden Bellflower represents the cooperation of Seoul citizens. The flower blossoms in early spring, and the climate of Seoul is suitable for its growth.
The Korean Magpie is a bird often seen arond the city or in the countryside. The bird delivers happy news to people according to Korean legend. People chose the bird as 'National Bird' during a public subscription organized by The Hanguk Newspaper Company, in 1964, and it was chosen as 'Bird of Seoul' in 1971.