Pak Se-yong

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Pak Se-yong
Born 7 July 1902
Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, Empire of Korea
Died 28 February 1989(1989-02-28) (aged 86)
Nationality North Korean
Occupation Poet, politician
Known for Writing the lyrics of North Korea's national anthem
Political party Workers' Party of Korea
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 박세영
Revised Romanization Bak Seyeong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Seyŏng

Pak Se-yong (7 July 1902 – 28 February 1989) was a North Korean poet and politician, best known for writing the lyrics of "Aegukka", the national anthem of North Korea.

Early life[edit]

Pak, a native of Goyang, Gyeonggi-do in what is now South Korea, crossed over to the Soviet-controlled northern half of the Korean Peninsula in 1946.[1]

In politics[edit]

Pak became involved in North Korean politics from the country's earliest days. In 1948 he became a member of the Supreme People's Assembly. In May 1954, he was named a member of the central committee of the General League of Culture and Art. In October 1956, he was elevated to the standing committee of the Writers League. In 1961, he became a member of the central committee of the newly created Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.[2]


Pak finished writing the lyrics of "Aegukka" in June 1947.[1] Other representative works of his include the lyric poems "The sunrise at Poch'onbo" (1962), "History of Millim" (1962), and "When a fire is lit in the heart" (1963).[2]

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  1. ^ a b "北, 월북시인 박세영 생애 재조명". Tongil News. 2002-06-20. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  2. ^ a b "Pak Se-yong". Korean Affairs Report No. 304: North Korea, Biographical Dictionary (Part II). Washington, D.C.: Foreign Broadcast Information Service. 1983-08-24. p. 528. Retrieved 2013-05-28.