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Aegukka

 

Aegukka

Aegukka
English: Patriotic Song
애국가
North Korean emblem

National anthem of
 Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Also known as Ach'imŭn pinnara
English: Let Morning Shine
Lyrics Pak Seyŏng, 1946
Music Kim Wŏn'gyun[1], 1945
Adopted 1947
Music sample
Aegukka
Chosŏn'gŭl 애국가
Hancha 愛國歌
Revised Romanization Aegukga
McCune–Reischauer Aegukka

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

Contents

  • Etymology 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Etymology

"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".

History

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 (Chosŏn'gŭl김원균; hancha金元均; 1917-2002).[1]

In the early 1980s, Kim Jong-il sought to reduce the song's importance to the benefit of "Song of General Kim Il-sung".[2] "Song of General Kim Il-sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong-il" have since taken the place of de facto national anthems domestically, and "Aegukka" is reserved for representing North Korea internationally: when foreign dignitaries visit the country or North Korean athletes win international competitions.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Hoare, James (30 July 2012). Historical dictionary of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Scarecrow Press.  
  2. ^ Eddie Burdick (May 26, 2010). Three Days in the Hermit Kingdom: An American Visits North Korea. McFarland. p. 248.  
  3. ^ Andrei Lankov (April 24, 2007). North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea. McFarland. p. 38.  

External links

  • Lyrics of "Aegukka" at Naenara
  • "Aegukka" (mp3) at Naenara
  • Korea, documentarySongun"Aegukka" of on YouTube (Korean)

Taken from http://lyricstranslate.com/en/north-korean-national-anthem-aegukka-%EC%95%A0%EA%B5%AD%EA%B0%80-patriotic-song.html#songtranslation#ixzz3jTPr45Tx Taken from http://lyricstranslate.com/en/north-korean-national-anthem-aegukka-%EC%95%A0%EA%B5%AD%EA%B0%80-patriotic-song.html#ixzz3jTKDQZJL

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