Contemporary culture of North Korea
The contemporary culture of North Korea is based on traditional Korean culture, but developed since the establishment of North Korea in 1948.Juche's ideology asserts Korea's cultural distinctiveness a...
North Korean literature
The partition of Korea following the Second World War led to a considerable cross-border movement, which included writers moving from North to South or from South to North.North Korea's subsequent lit...
Korean film
The term "Cinema of Korea" (or "Korean cinema") encompasses the motion picture industries of North and South Korea. As with all aspects of Korean life during the past century, the film industry has of...
Music of Korea
Traditional Korean music includes combinations of the folk, vocal, religious and ritual music styles of the Korean people. Korean music, along with arts, painting and sculpture has been practiced sinc...
Korean architecture
Korean architecture refers to the built environment of Korea from c. 30,000 BC to the present.
From a technical point of view, buildings are structured vertically and horizontally. A construction ...
Isang Yun Competition
The ISANGYUN Competition is an international music competition, held annually in Tongyeong, South Korea. It commemorates Isang Yun (1917–1995), a Korean composer who was born in Tongyeong and later se...
Trot (music)
Trot, (Korean 트로트 teuroteu; sometimes called 뽕짝 ppongjjak due to its distinctive background rhythm), is a genre of Korean pop music, and is recognized as the oldest form of Korean pop music. Formulate...
Gayageum
The gayageum or kayagum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other numbers of strings. It is probably the best known tra...
Jeokbyeokga
Jeokbyeokga is one of the five surviving stories of the Korean pansori storytelling tradition. The other stories are Simcheongga, Heungbuga, Chunhyangga and Sugungga. This story is a retelling of the...
Chuimsae
Chuimsae (hangul: 추임새) is exclamation during Korean traditional music. The audience makes exclamations like Eolsigu! or Jalhanda! (hangul: 얼씨구, 잘한다), which mean Yippee! and Good! in Korean. The word c...
Daegeum
The daegeum (also spelled taegum, daegum or taegŭm) is a large bamboo transverse flute used in traditional Korean music. It has a buzzing membrane that gives it a special timbre. It is used in court...
Tungso
The tungso (sometimes tongso) is a Korean notched, end-blown vertical bamboo flute used in Korean traditional music. It is similar to the danso, but longer and larger.The instrument is parallel to th...
Chuk (instrument)
The chuk (hangul: 축; hanja: 柷) is a traditional Korean musical instrument used in Confucian (Munmyo) and Royal Ancestral Shrine (Jongmyo) ceremonies to signal the beginning of a ritual music performan...
Pungmul
Pungmul (Hangul: 풍물; Hanja: 風物 IPA: [pʰuːŋmul] POONG-muul) is a Korean folk music tradition that includes drumming, dancing, and singing. Most performances are outside, with dozens of players, all in ...
Jang Sa-ik
Jang Sa-ik (born 1949) is a highly popular South Korean singer. His music combines elements of popular music, jazz, and Korean traditional music. In particular, the style of pansori can be heard throu...
Sugungga
Sugungga is one of the five surviving stories of the Korean pansori storytelling tradition. The other stories are Simcheongga, Heungbuga, Jeokbyeokga, and Chunhyangga.The pansori Sugungga is an adap...
Simcheongga
Simcheongga is one of the five surviving stories of the Korean pansori storytelling tradition. The other stories are Chunhyangga, Heungbuga, Jeokbyeokga, and Sugungga.
The exact date of when Simch...
Nabal (instrument)
The nabal is a long, straight brass horn used in Korean traditional music. As the instrument has no valves or finger holes it is not a melodic instrument but rather plays a single sustained tone. The ...
Korean court music
Korean court music refers to the music developed in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1905). Very little is known about the court music of earlier Korean kingdoms and dynasties.It was partly modeled on the co...
Janggu
The janggu (or janggo; also spelled changgo) or sometimes called seyogo (slim waist drum) is the most widely used drum used in the traditional music of Korea. It is available in most kinds, and consis...
Korean barrel drum
The Korean barrel drum is a shallow, barrel-shaped drum used in several types of Korean music, one of the many traditional Korean drums.This variety of drum has a round wooden body that is covered on ...
T'ong guitar
T'ong guitar (or tong guitar) was a form of Korean music developed in the early 1970s. It was heavily influenced by American pop music, and artists in the genre were considered Korean versions of Ame...
Sujecheon
Sujecheon is an ancient Korean court music composition in four movements. It is the most representative piece in the jeongak repertoire. It is performed by an ensemble composed primarily of wind instr...
Boheoja
Boheoja (보허자; 步虛子:literally "Pacing the Void") is a Korean court music repertoire originated from China. It was introduced from Song Dynasty during Goryeo Dynasty period which at the time was ruled by...
Galgo
The galgo (or yang-janggo or yango) is a traditional Korean drum. The drum has an hourglass-shaped wooden body and two drum heads of identical diameter, similar to the janggu. Compared to the janggu, ...
Bipa
The bipa is a pear-shape lute that is a traditional Korean musical instrument which is related to the Chinese pipa, the Vietnamese đàn tỳ bà and the Japanese biwa. The bipa fell out of use in the earl...
Aak
Aak [a.ak] is a genre of Korean court music. It is an imported form of the Chinese Yayue. Aak is often labeled as "elegant music" in contrast with other traditional Korean music. Aak began as the mus...
Arirang
Arirang, Lyrics in English Adaptation-2 by GSIT at HUFS in 2013. Adaptation of W. B. Yeats' great poem, 'The Falling of the Leaves,' into the Arirang melody to convey the woe and sorrow with which K...
Sogak
So-gak or minsogak is a category of Korean music traditionally associated with the lower classes. It includes genres such as pansori and minyo. It is typically distinguished from jeongak, or court m...