Dokdo Is Our Land

"Dokdo Is Our Land" (Korean독도는 우리땅) is a 1982 pop song written by South Korean musician Park Moon-young and sung by comedian Jeong Kwang-tae [ko] about the Liancourt Rocks dispute.[1]: 23  The song has grown to become highly recognizable in South Korea as a point of anti-Japanese nationalism.[2]

"Dokdo Is Our Land"
Song by Jeong Kwang-tae [ko]
from the album Funny Songs and Unfunny Songs
ReleasedJune 20, 1982 (1982-06-20)
LabelDaesung Records
Songwriter(s)Park Moon-young


"Dokdo Is Our Land" first debuted on the KBS comedy program Humor Number One and was written by production directors Kim Woong-rae and Park Moon-young. On the program, it was preformed by comedians Im Ha-ryong, Jang Doo-seok [ko], Kim Jeong-sik [ko], and Jeong Kwang-tae [ko] and was intended to be a one time performance.[3] Following the broadcast, Daesung Records offered to record the song, but scheduling conflicts led to Jeong being the only one available for the recording.[3] The song was released as part of the compilation album Funny Songs and Unfunny Songs (Korean웃기는 노래와 웃기지 않는 노래) on June 20, 1982.[3]

Jeong Kwang-tae would receive the New Artist Award at the 1983 KBS Music Awards for his performance.[3] The song would later be briefly banned between July and November of 1983 by military dictator Chun Doo-hwan out of fear of worsening relations with Japan during Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone's visit to Korea amid the 1982 Japanese history textbook controversies.[4][5]: 193 

Re-release and remixesEdit

Since its release, "Dokdo Is Our Land" has been remade and re-released several times by various artists. Following the popularity of the song, the original album would be re-released in the next year under the name Dokdo is Our Land. The song was remade most recently in 2012 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the song's release.[6]

On June 5, 1985, "Dokdo Is Our Land" would be released as part of Jeong Gwang-tae's second album Jeong Gwang-tae Golden (Korean정광태 골든).[7] In 1996, South Korean hip-hop group DJ DOC re-recorded the song and released it in their album "Long Live Korea" (Korean대한민국 만세).[8]


The disputed Liancourt Rocks

The lyrics of the song reference various climatic and geographical details of Dokdo, as well as historical documents justifying South Korea's claim over the islands.[2]


The song has become highly recognizable among South Koreans as a point of national pride and anti-colonial sentiment, and is commonly used as a children's song.[2][9][10] In 1989, Jeong Kwang-tae would be denied entry into Japan over the song.[11] The South Korean national baseball team reportedly completed pregame workouts to the song along with other traditional Korean songs during the 2006 World Baseball Classic.[12]

The song is also commonly used in flash mobs within South Korea as a means of promoting South Korea's claim over the islands.[2][5]: 104 

The song's melody is commonly used by South Korean students as a study tool to help memorize information.[9] In the 2019 film Parasite, an altered version of the song was sung by Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam as a mnemonic device and would go viral as an internet meme known as the "Jessica Jingle."[9][11] Neon, the film's production company, would release the jingle to fans as a ringtone.[13][14]

During the 2020 South Korean legislative elections, altered versions of the song were adopted as campaign songs by Hwang Kyo-ahn of the United Future Party and by Song Young-gil of the Democratic Party.[15][16]

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