The Democratic People's Republic of Korea were first represented at the 1964 Winter Olympic Games.
At the Munich 1972 Olympic Games, shooter LI Ho Jun won his country's first gold medal in small bore rifle prone position.
The first women to win a medal for DPR Korea were the volleyball team, which took bronze in 1972. To date they have sent 284 participants to the Olympic Games in 16 sports.
Wrestler KIM Il remains their most successful Olympian. He won men's freestyle light flyweight gold in 1992 and 1996. LI Hak-Son won gold in the men's freestyle flyweight in 1992.
Boxing has also been a productive sport. GU Yong Jo won gold for Korea in the bantamweight division at the 1976 Olympic Games. CHOI Chol-Su became Olympic champion at flyweight in 1992.
KYE Sun-Hui is her country's most successful judoka. In 1996 she won gold in women's extra lightweight, becoming her country's first woman Olympic champion. She subsequently took bronze at half lightweight in 2000 and lightweight silver in 2004.
She competed at four successive Games from 1996 to 2008. In men's gymnastics, PAE Gil-Su won gold in the pommel horse in 1992.
In Beijing 2008, HONG Un Jong took gold in the women's vault and PAK Hyong Suk took gold in the women's middleweight weightlifting.
In 2000 and 2004, DPR Korea marched under a single flag with Republic of Korea after an agreement made with IOC president Juan Antonio SAMARANCH.
Aegukka (Patriotic Song)
Anthem: Year of Induction
Music KIM Won Gyun, words PAK Se Yong.
Official NOC name
IOC recognition date
NOC President's name
Mr Myong Chol PAK
NOC General Secretary's name
Mr Nam Chol RI
IOC Member's Name
Mr Ung CHANG
Year of first appearance in an Olympic Games
Number of appearances in Olympic Games
9, including London 2012
Summary of Olympic Games Appearances
|Medals per sport|
|Gymnastics - Artistic||2||0||0||2|
|Wrestling - Freestyle||3||2||3||8|
|Wrestling - Greco-Roman||0||0||1||1|
|Medals per year|