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|English: Patriotic Song|
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|
|Music||Kim Wŏn'gyun, 1945|
"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).