[KBS] Sounds of Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english Sounds of Korea en 2018-05-23T12:08:58 <![CDATA[Buddhism in Korean music]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10085987 One of the favorite traditional Korean songs of the older generations is Hoesimgok (회심곡), meaning the “song of remorse.” Hoesim literally means “to turn one’s mind around” and implies...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-05-16 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Royal court music]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10085681 To most ears, music played in the ancient royal court seems to all sound the same. But there are different branches of court music. In Korea, there are three branches – a’ak (아악), dangak...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-05-09 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Poverty]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10085309 In the pansori Heungboga, there is a passage where Heungbo goes to a government agency to get some rice. He must have been at a loss over what to do after he was kicked out of the house by his greedy...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-05-02 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Arguments]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10085026 Many holy men have taught us to avoid altercations, no matter how justified the intents are. But it’s not easy to follow that simple teaching in our daily lives. When Koreans argue, the feud starts...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-04-25 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Music in North Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10084710 South Korea is described as a peninsular country, surrounded by the sea on three sides. But it’s no different than being an island country, because its land access to the continent to the north is...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-04-18 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Objects and their names]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10084398 There was a man who grew tired of repetitive daily routines. Today was no different from yesterday and tomorrow will be same as today, he thought. He would expect today to be different, but the day...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-04-11 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Seasonal holidays in spring]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10084088 Cheongmyeong (청명), meaning a “clearing sky,” is the fifth out of 24 seasonal divisions of Korea. It usually falls on April 4th or 5th. Hansik (한식), another seasonal holiday, used to be...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-04-04 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Arirang variations]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10083819 People often regard folk songs as old songs created a long, long time ago. Most old music pieces disappear over time or stay unchanged in their forms and playing methods, like stuffed animals....

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-03-28 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Master pansori singers]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10083818 Here is a story from some 300 years ago, when pansori was regarded as something that only lowly clowns did to entertain commoners. A young boy from a noble family in Wanju, Jeollabuk-do Province...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-03-21 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Song of heartbreak]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10083106 The oldest surviving song of Korea is “Gongmudohaga” written in the Gojoseon (고조선) period, an ancient kingdom that was estimated to be founded in 2,333 BC and lasted until 108 BC. It’s...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-03-14 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Creatures of the spring]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10082796 Yesterday was Gyeongchip (경칩), the third of 24 seasonal divisions on the lunar calendar. The Chinese characters, “gyeong”, meaning to be surprised, and “chip”, which means hiding, imply...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-03-07 +09:00 Program
<![CDATA[Korean string instrument ajaeng]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/program/program_tmusic_detail.htm?No=10082514 There was a young scholar named Kim Un-ran (김운란) during the Joseon Dynasty. He had a promising future as a student studying at Seongkyunkwan (성균관), an advanced educational institution...

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KBS WORLD Radio 2018-02-28 +09:00 Program
<![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