What is South Korea’s national anthem and what are its lyrics?

The lyrics of South Korea's national anthem dates back to the 1890s and they were originally sung to the popular Scottish tune of 'Auld Lang Syne'. Here are its lyrics in English

What is South Korea's national anthem and what are its lyrics?

What is South Korea’s national anthem?

The national anthem for South Korea (officially known as Republic of Korea – ROK)  is ‘Aegukga’ which translates as ‘The Patriot Song’. It was approved as South Korea’s national anthem in 1948, the year the country was officially founded, although it had been a popular song throughout the Japanese rule.

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Who composed South Korea’s national anthem?

The lyrics date back to the 1890s and were initially set to the tune of ‘Auld Lang Syne‘, however composer Ahn Eak-tai composed a new tune for it in 1936 when it became clear that South Korea would become its own country – a new country deserved a new tune.

What are the lyrics to the South Korea’s national anthem in English?

Until the East Sea’s waves are dry, Mt. Baekdu worn away,
God watch o’er our land forever, our Korea manse.

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Rose of Sharon, thousand miles of range and river land;
Guarded by her people, ever may Korea stand.

Like that Mt. Namsan armoured pine, standing on duty still,
wind or frost, unchanging ever, be our resolute will.

Chorus

In autumn’s, arching evening sky, crystal and cloudless blue;
be the radiant moon our spirit, steadfast, single and true.

Chorus

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With such a will, such a spirit, loyalty, heart and hand,
Let us love, come grief, come gladness, this our beloved land.