The emblem signifies that Dongdaemun-gu values the importance of traditional values and culture while espousing participation, harmony, and development in balance with those values. The district was named after Dongdaemun Gate, which id designated as Treasure N0. 1. As such, the district emblem naturally features an image of Dongdaemun. Both the gate and the fortress walls extending on both sides of the gate express the willingness of Dongdaemun-gu to preserve its cultural assets and uphold a culture-focused administration.
Bird - White Heron
White herons, considered a sign of good fortune since ancient times, have long inhabited the area near Janganpyeong of Dongdaemun-gu. As a symbol of Dongdaemun-gu and its long history and tradition, the bird is and has always been a source of great joy for local residents.
Flower - Magnolia
The magnolia, which graces Dongdaemun-gu with its cleanness and purity every spring, symbolizes the guileless minds of Dongdaemun-gu residents and represents the strong willpower needed to wait out the long winter season.
Tree - Zelkova Tree
The Zelkova tree looks neither brilliant nor tidy, but it has a long lifespan, making it a natural symbol of the long history of Korea. It has an easygoing appearance that makes Dongdaemun-gu feel like a hometown and reminds us of our warm homes.