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KBS WORLD Radio’s 66th Anniversary Special Chunhyangjeon Becomes a World Classic


춘향전, 세계의 고전이 되다

Chunhyangjeon(춘향전) is Korea's most famous romance classic.

Chunhyangjeon(춘향전) tells the story of Lee Mong-ryong(이몽룡), a nobleman's son, and Sung Chun-hyang(성춘향), the daughter of a kisaeng(기생), who fall in love despite the differences in their social status. The witty and satirical story carries the thought and spirit of the times.

The story became Korea's first to be translated into another language in 1882 and it is still being translated into various languages as well as re-interpreted into various genres to this day.

What could be the secret behind Chunhyangjeon's(춘향전) popularity not only among Koreans but people all around the world?

We'll take a closer look at Korea's finest classic with the acclaimed pansori(판소리) artist, Park Ae-ri(박애리).

춘향전 도서 사진
ⓒ Photos courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea and the National Library of Korea

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