National Anthem


The national anthem of the DPRK is The Patriotic Song. Composed in Juche 36 (1947), it reflects the Korean people’s pride in having beautiful nature, rich resources, 5 000-year-long history and brilliant cultural traditions and their lofty patriotism to build a thriving country and add eternal lustre to it, true to the leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea.


Story of Creating The Patriotic Song


In the autumn of Juche 35 (1946) Kim Il Sung called officials concerned with the creation of the national anthem.

At the meeting he said: we should provide our people with the national anthem as soon as possible. Our country is really a beautiful land. Our people have 5 000-year-long history and brilliant culture. From ancient times our ancestors defended their country at the cost of their blood from the invasion of foreign aggressors and the anti-Japanese guerrillas fought against the Japanese imperialists at the risk of their lives. Today the working people are working devotedly to build a thriving country, taking power organs in their own hands. The people’s national pride and dignity in having such a beautiful country and glorious fighting traditions should be represented in the song.
His instruction became the words and melody of the song as they were. It happened on the day of deliberation of The Patriotic Song. Examining one verse after another of the song, he stressed the need to repeat the song from the line “Our people ever were renowned and sage” so as to improve the effectiveness of the melody and musical harmony and add solemnity to the song and the national pride to singers, saying that the part of the song could not be sung only once as our country had brilliant culture and long history.

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