|English: Patriotic Song|
South Korean Emblem
National anthem of
|Also known as||Song of Love for the Country|
|Music||Ahn Eak-tai, 1935|
|Relinquished||2015 (Copyright only)|
The title "Aegukga" literally means "The Patriotic Song", or "The Song of Love for the Country".
It is believed that the lyrics of "Aegukga" were written for the cornerstone-laying ceremony of the Independence Gate in Seoul in 1896 by Yun Chi-ho, a politician, or by An Chang-ho, a pro-independence leader and educator. Initially, "Aegukga" was sung to the tune of the Scottish folk song "Auld Lang Syne", introduced to Korea by Western missionaries. The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1919–1945) in Shanghai, China, adopted it as their national anthem. At a ceremony celebrating the founding of South Korea on 15 August 1948, the Scottish tune was finally replaced by the Finale of Korea Fantasia that Ahn Eak-tai had composed in 1935. The new "Aegukga" was later adopted by the Presidential Decree of 1948 by then-South Korean President Syngman Rhee (or Lee Seungman).
Since the composer Ahn Eak-tai died in 1965, the copyright for the music will not expire at least until 2015. Two South Korean professional soccer teams were sued by a copyrightholders' group for public playing of this song in December 2003. The composer's widow Lolita Ahn and her family then relinquished all rights to Aegukga to the South Korean government on 16 March 2005. The lyrics, which were originally written in the 19th century, are in the public domain.
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- "South Korea - Aegukga". NationalAnthems.me. Retrieved 2011-11-17.