Traditional Korean music is a type of music played by Korean people using Korean musical instruments, both in North Korea and in South Korea. In South Korea the term is a jeontong eum-ak or guk-ak whilst in North Korea called minjok eum-ak.


A. Military Music

Chwita is a kind of military music played at the palace when the main gate is opened to welcome the returning king of the trip, also to welcome foreign envoys or military parades. Chwita music is played with a wide variety of great musical instruments and is dominated by a taepyeongso music instrument that plays the main melody, chwita music begins with the voice of a music leader shouting “Myonggeum-iha¬† daechwita!” By picking up his wand. The chwita music game has 5 repertoires: chwita-gilgunak-giltaryong-byeoljutaryong-gunak.

B. Pansori

Pansori is a kind of traditional Korean voice art that uses natural sound to reach the maximum limit in a unique way. Pansori is known as a traditional Korean opera, consisting of a long story sung by a performer. Pansori presented to the audience by collaborating three things. Ie aniri (narration / story), sorry (singing), and ballim (acting / acting). The pansori lyrics represent the emotions of ordinary and open-minded folk. Pansori is an art that has existed since ancient times until the 18th century. The heyday of pansori is in the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century. Typically, pansori performances are performed for 8 hours, but currently only for one to two hours.

C. Nongak

Nongak is a farmer music game performed by a musician group consisting of farmers (nongaktae).
Currently, nongak music (nongak nori) is based on various activities, such as village rituals (gut), military exercises, work activities, or purely entertainment. The four main types of music instruments nongak is kwaenggwari (small gong), janggo (long drums), buk (large drums) and jing (big gong). Other music players play sogo music instruments (small drums) and blow nabal (trumpet).

D. Samul nori

Samul nori is a type of traditional music game that is rooted in art entertaining entertainer groups (namsadangpae) in the past. Samul nori is called urban music that is played by sitting to concentrate rhythmic music game.

E. Ariranga

Arirang is the most popular kind of folk song in Korea. In his time, Arirang became a symbol of the independence movement against Japanese occupation. The origins of Arirang are known based on folklore, but the creator is unknown.