[KBS] Sounds of Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english Sounds of Korea en 2018-02-24T22:56:26 <![CDATA[Poetesses of Joseon]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10082232 Lim Je (임제), known by the pseudonym Baekho (백호), was one of the most esteemed gentlemen of the Joseon era. He was known to have been free-spirited, even as a child. Once, he was on his way to...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-02-21 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Lunar New Year’s Day food and wine]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10082025 This year’s Lunar New Year’s Day falls on February 16th, which is only two days away. Korea started using the solar calendar system in 1895, so it’s already been 123 years since Koreans began...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-02-14 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Esteemed gayageum virtuoso Hwang Byung-ki]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10081717 Hwang Byung-ki’s masterpiece “The Labyrinth” premiered in October 1975. In this piece, the gayageum, which used to be played only with fingers, was hit or scratched with a bow, or its body...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-02-07 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Byeongchang]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10081424 Byeongchang refers to singing to the accompaniment of a musical instrument, usually geomungo or gayageum. In western music, it is not unusual to sing along with a piano or guitar, but in Korea,...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-01-31 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Jeongga]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10081423 In the old days, the songs enjoyed by the ruling noblemen were different from those favored by ordinary people. The songs sung by gentlemen were lumped together as “jeongga,” which means...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-01-24 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Geomungo]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10080850 The geomungo is known to have been invented by a Goguryeo (고구려)-era prime minister named Wang San-ak (왕산악). According to historical records, when Goguryeo people didn’t know how to play...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-01-17 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Winter scenes]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10080578 The term “samhan saon (삼한사온)” describing the characteristics of winter weather in Korea means three cold days and four warm days. The term came from the fact that three freezing cold days...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-01-10 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Music for the New Year]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10080293 Chinese poet Tao Yuanming wrote a poem called “Four Seasons,” which describes the passing of time. Here is a rough translation of that poem. All the ponds are filled with spring water And...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-01-03 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Gods]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10080071 Monotheism, the belief that only one god exists in this world, is prevalent in the age we live in now, but there are still many societies and cultures that worship multiple gods. For instance, there...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-12-27 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[People’s lives in winter]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10079833 The day after tomorrow is “dongji” or the winter solstice, the day with the longest night of the year. Dongji usually falls in the eleventh lunar month, which is why it was called “the month of...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-12-20 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Life without secular desires]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10079520 In an ancient Chinese kingdom there lived two brothers named Baegi (백이) and Sukje (숙제). They were the princes of a small tribe that made up the kingdom. When their father died, neither...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-12-13 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Transformations of traditional music]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10079246 It is often said that time passes by faster as we age. Teenagers feel that time goes by at the rate of 10 kilometers per hour, while time for those in their 20s passes at 20 kilometers per hour and...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-12-06 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Master singer Lim Bang-ul]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10078968 Even during the darkest days under Japanese colonial rule in the late 1920s, Korean people are said to have sought emotional comfort by listening to pansori and national singing contests that were...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-11-29 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Goryeo Songs]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10078661 The most well-known Goryeo song is probably “Ssanghwajeom (쌍화점)” meaning a dumpling store. Here is the first verse from the song. I went to a store to buy dumplings. But a Muslim...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-11-22 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Songs from other countries]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10078362 It’s easy to think of traditional Korean culture as something that was born and passed down only in Korea. But culture is something that evolves and endlessly changes by merging with other...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-11-15 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Namsadangpae Band]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10078075 In the old days, there were several groups of clowns and entertainers that traveled all over the country to perform and make a living. The traveling bands were known by different names, depending on...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-11-08 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[True love]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10077772 There once was a woman of great beauty and virtue who lived in the kingdom of Baekje (백제). Her husband Domi was also a man of integrity and the couple supposedly exemplified marital bliss....

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-11-01 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Ancient string instruments]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10077486 A long, long time ago a man named Gwanglijago (곽리자고) saw a drunken old man with a bottle of wine crossing the river early one morning. The drunk man was followed by his wife, who was shouting...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-10-25 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Love and marriage]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10077149 “Punggu (풍구)” or “pulmu (풀무)” is a pair of bellows used to stoke up a fire. Its shape and size differed depending on the region or its use. Big ones are used when harvesting crops to...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-10-18 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Friends]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10076849 MC: There once was an esteemed 11th-century Chinese poet Su Tungpo, or Su Shi. He passed a government employment exam when he was 26 to begin his public service career, but his love for freedom and...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-10-11 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Chuseok and abundance]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10076795 The late Joseon-era scholar Jeong Yak-yong (정약용) wrote a poem about the tough lives of ordinary people after watching them at work one spring day. Spring was a busy time for farmers, because it...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-10-04 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Autumn sceneries]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10076476 You can tell autumn has arrived as the winds have become cooler in the mornings and evenings, and leaves are starting to wither and fall. Seeing all these seasonal changes tend to make people more...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-09-27 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Love for parents and family]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10076171 Korean folk song “Song of Filial Love” sings of people known for their love for their parents. It tells the story of a Chinese man who, when his stepmother said she wanted to have fish in the...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-09-20 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Gugak composer Kim Hee-jo]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10075903 In western music, musicians learn to play by following the notes that composers wrote. But traditional Korean musicians hone their skills in a vastly different way called “gusimjeonsu...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-09-13 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Boating]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10075536 It’s amazing how seasons change. It was blazing hot just a few weeks ago, but now it feels rather chilly in the morning and the sunlight seems to have lost its sizzle. No wonder this used to be the...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-09-06 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Court Music and Folk Music]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10075228 The first gayageum player in history was Ureuk (우륵), a refugee from the fallen kingdom of Gaya. He took his gayageum to Silla when he fled his home country. Luckily, King Jinheung (진흥) of...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-08-30 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Royal foxglove tree]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10074926 The royal foxglove tree is a deciduous tree that goes by many different names. It’s sometimes called an empress tree, princess tree, or Korean paulownia. Similar in appearance except for the blue...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-08-23 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Pavilions]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10074617 MC: Roughly 500 years ago, there lived a scholarly gentleman named Yang San-bo (양산보). During his youth, he studied hard to serve the country and the king, but he lived in seclusion in his...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-08-16 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Traveling to China’s southern regions and India]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10074345 There is an aria entitled “Jebinojeonggi (제비노정기),” which roughly translates as “a swallow’s journey,” in pansori Heungboga (흥보가). As the title suggests, it’s a song about...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-08-09 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Summer vacation and travels]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10074052 The period between July 29th and August 4th is the peak vacation season in Korea. Around this time of year, all popular vacation spots around the country are packed with people. Koreans have become...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2017-08-02 +09:00 Program