National Anthem of North Korea

National Anthem of North Korea

North Korea Flag

Korean Lyrics

Ach'imun pinnara i kangsan
Un'gume chawondo kadukhan
Samch'olli arumdaun nae choguk
Panmannyon oraen ryoksaŽ
Ch'allanhan munhwaro charanan
Sulgiron inminui i yonggwang
Momgwa mam ta pach'yo i choson
Kiri pattuse

Paektusan kisangul ta anko
Kulloui chongsinun kitturo
Chilliro mungch'yojin oksen ttut
On segye apso nagari
Sonnun him nododo naemiro
Inminui ttusuro son nara
Hanopsi puganghanun i choson
Kiri pinnaese


English Translation

Let morning shine on the silver and gold of this land,
Three thousand leagues packed with natural wealth.
My beautiful fatherland.
The glory of a wise people
Brought up in a culture brilliant
With a history five millennia long.
Let us devote our bodies and minds
To supporting this Korea for ever. The firm will, bonded with truth,
Nest for the spirit of labour,
Embracing the atmosphere of Mount Paektu,
Will go forth to all the world.
The country established by the will of the people,
Breasting the raging waves with soaring strength.
Let us glorify for ever this Korea,
Limitlessly rich and strong.


The national anthem of North Korea is known as "Aegukga," which literally means "Love the Country". During occasions of national importance, this national anthem is played loud to create an ambiance of nationalistic fervor as well as stands a reminiscence of the great historical past which has been an invariable part of the nation's identity.

A Brief Historical Background on National Anthem of North Korea---

In 1896, the 'Dongnip Sinmun', a popular publication house in North Korea published the lyrics of the then national song. Many historians believe that in 1902, a Western music was compiled for this song. The national song gained prominence during the Dae-han Empire and it's important to note that the "Dae-han Empire Aegukga" was composed in 1902. However, some believe that the original version was written in 1907 intended to inspire people in the struggle for independence. In the due course of time, the national song of Korea has undergone various versions. The significance of national anthem of North Korea lies in the fact that it was sung according to the rhythm of the popular Scottish song 'Auld Lang Syne'. Later, a popular Spanish maestro Ahn Eak-tay saw this initiative as an injustice to both the musical composition; hence he compiled a new music to the national song of North Korea. The two Korean nations continued to sing the Scottish version of the song until the two countries were separated in 1945. In 1947, 'Aegukka' was officially adopted as the national anthem of the country with some minor changes. The lyrics were written by Pak Seyong and the music was composed by Kim Won'gyun.

This North Korean national song well glorifies the land as a country invested with great natural wealth and home some of the wise men on earth. The song stands as a remembrance to the glorious historical past which has been the inevitable part of its cultural growth over the years. The sacrifices of the freedom fighters are also well emphasized and even important heritage sites such as 'Mount Paektu', is widely mentioned.


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