Monday, March 12, 2012

Learn something about Korea II


안녕 (annyeong)


Talchum, Mask-dance drama

Talchum are basically a folk art naturally developed among the common people. Talchum could be characterized as a korean dance performed while wearing a mask, miming, speaking and even sometimes singing. They vary slightly according to region and performer but they all share fundamental characteristics. They are based on a sense of rebellion felt by the common people toward the reality of their lives.


Pyeongtaek nongak is a korean farmer's music which has been performed and handed down in the Pyeongtaek region of Gyeonggi Province. There are five types of nongak in Korea, each nongak has its unique representation of korean culture and has been recognized as an important intangible cultural asset in each region.

Seungmu, Buddhist ritual dance

Seungmu is a korean dance performed by buddhist monks. It is one of the most famous Korean traditional dances and designated as south korea's important intangible cultural asset in 1969. It has been developed into a solo dance by professional dancers nowadays.

The dancer wears a robe (jangsam) with long sleeve called gasa and white hood called gokkal. The drum or bubgo is the most important part of Seungmu.

Ganggangsuwollae, Circle dance

Ganggangsuwollae is 5000 years old korean dance that was first used to bring about a bountiful harvest and has developed into a cultural symbol for Korea. It incorporates singing, dancing and playing and is exclusively performed by women at night without any instruments. Young and old women dance in a circle at night under the moonlight. They go outside in traditional Korean clothing, hold each others hands, make a circle and start rotating clockwise. The lead singer sings a line and everyone sings the refrain "ganggangsullae". The song tempo progressively becomes faster. They sing about their personal hardships, relationships, and desires. During the dance, the women play a variety of games. The dance can last until dawn.

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좋은 하루 되세요 (joh-eun halu doeseyo)

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