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This article is about the national anthem of North Korea. For the national anthem of South Korea, see Aegukga. For the national anthem of Korean Empire, see Korean Empire Aegukga.
English: Patriotic Song
Emblem of North Korea.svg
North Korean emblem

National anthem of  Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Also known as Aekookka
English: Song to wake up the mind to love the country
English: Song of Beloved Country
Lyrics Pak Seyŏng, 1946[citation needed]
Music Kim Wŏn'gyun, 1945[citation needed]
Adopted 1947
Chosŏn'gŭl 애국가
Hancha 愛國歌
Revised Romanization Aegukga
McCune–Reischauer Aegukka

"Aegukka" (English: "Patriotic Song") is the national anthem of North Korea.


"Aegukka" is a Romanized transliteration of "Patriotic Song"; the song is also known by the first phrase of the song Ach'imŭn pinnara or "Let Morning Shine".


The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1919–1945) in Shanghai, China adopted as their national anthem "Aegukga" (which has the same name with a different Romanization). After World War II, South Korea kept the words, put to a new tune (changed from Auld Lang Syne), while North Korea adopted this newly written piece in 1947. The words were written by Pak Seyŏng and the music was composed by Kim Wŏn'gyun (김원균; 金元均; 1917-2002).