Korea, North National Anthem

Anthem History

This Communist nation adopted a new anthem upon its creation at the start of the cold war in 1947, simply titled "Patriotic Song".


The words are by Pak Se Yong


It has been in use since 1947


The music is by Kim Won Gyun

Anthem Lyrics

Patriotic Song



A ch'im un pinnara i kangsan


Ungum e, chawon do kaduk han


Samch'olli, arumdaun nae choguk,


Panmannyon oraen ryoksa e.


Ch'allan han munhwa ro charanan


Sulgiroun inmin ui i yonggwang:


Momgwa mam ta pach'yo, i, choson


Kiri pattuse. Ch'alse.

Paektusan Kisang ul ta anko.


Kullo ui chongsin un kitturo.


Chilli ro mungch 'yo jin oksen ttut


On segye apso nagari.


Sonnun him nodo do naemiro,


Inmin ui ttus uro son nara.


Han opsi pugang hanun


I choson kiri pinnaese.

Anthem Lyrics English

Let morning shine on the silver and gold of this land,


Three thousand leagues packed with natural wealth.


My beautiful fatherland.


The glory of a wise people


Brought up in a culture brilliant


With a history five millennia long.


Let us devote our bodies and minds


To supporting this Korea for ever.

The firm will, bonded with truth,


Nest for the spirit of labour,


Embracing the atmosphere of Mount Paektu,


Will go forth to all the world.


The country established by the will of the people,


Breasting the raging waves with soaring strength.


Let us glorify for ever this Korea,


Limitlessly rich and strong.

Korea, North Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 8 September 1948
Flag Symbolism three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in white; on the hoist side of the red band is a white disk with a red five-pointed star

the red symbolizes revolutionary patriotism and the fighting spirit. The star symbolizes the reolutionary traditions established by President Kim Il Sung. The white stands for the Korean nation and its culture. The blue stripes symbolize “the aspiration of the Korean people to unite with the revolutionary people of the whole world and fight for the victory of the idea of independence, friendship and peace”.

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