July 03, 2022

‘My final wish’: The North Korea story of beloved TV host Song Hae

Late performer dreamed of performing in his hometown in the DPRK, which he was forced to flee during Korean War

For 34 years, the South Korean television presenter Song Hae hosted the popular music talent show “National Singing Contest (전국노래자랑),” traveling each week from town to town to film new episodes that aired every Sunday at noon, and becoming a cultural icon in the process.

But when the beloved emcee died on Wednesday at the age of 95, he left behind a dream to take his show to the one place he never had the chance — his hometown in North Korea.