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Aekukka (The Patriotic Song) has been the anthem of North Korea since its foundation, and is sometimes referred to as "Ach'imŭn pinnara" ("Let Morning Shine") after its first line. The anthem is notable for not containing any references to the ruling Kim dynasty, or to the national quasi-communist Juche ideology.

The South Korean anthem is a different composition, but it has the same title (usually romanised slightly differently as 'Aekukga').


Korean (Romanised):

Ach’imŭn pinnara i kangsan
Ŭn’gŭme chawŏndo kadŭkhan
Samch’ŏlli arŭmdaun nae choguk
Panmannyŏn oraen ryŏksaë
Ch’allanhan munhwaro charanan
Sŭlgiron inminŭi i yŏnggwang
Momgwa mam ta pach’yŏ i Chosŏn
Kiri pattŭse

Paektusan kisangŭl ta anko
Kŭlloŭi chŏngsinŭn kittŭrŏ
Chilliro mungch’yŏjin ŏksen ttŭt
On segye apsŏ nagari
Sonnŭn him nododo naemirŏ
Inminŭi ttŭsŭro sŏn nara
Hanŏpsi puganghanŭn i Chosŏn
Kiri pinnaese

Korean (Hangul):

아침은 빛나라 이 강산
은금에 자원도 가득한
삼천리 아름다운 내 조국
반만년 오랜 력사에
찬란한 문화로 자라난
슬기론 인민의 이 영광
몸과 맘 다 바쳐 이 조선
길이 받드세

백두산 기상을 다 안고
근로의 정신은 깃들어
진리로 뭉쳐진 억센 뜻
온 세계 앞서 나가리
솟는 힘 노도도 내밀어
인민의 뜻으로 선 나라
한없이 부강하는 이 조선
길이 빛내세


Let morning shine on the silver and gold of this land,
Three thousand Li 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 forever.

Embracing the atmosphere of Baekdu Mountain,
Nest for the spirit of labour,
The firm will, bonded with truth,
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 forever this Korea,
Limitlessly rich and strong.


Kim Wŏn'gyun
Pak Seyŏng
Adopted: 1947
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