October 28, 2020
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"Arirang", Symbol of Korean Folk Songs

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"Arirang", Symbol of Korean Folk Songs

"Arirang", a symbol of the Korean folk songs, is well known to the world people.

It was originated from the song sung by a woman languishing for her lover on battlefield.

There have existed in Korea a number of local varieties of this song like "Sodo Arirang" and "Arirang of Hamgyong Province".

"Arirang" and legends about it reflect the woe of separation, miserable plight and the aspiration and desire for happy life.

Today, "Arirang" has been sung as vocals and represented as orchestral music, film music, dance music, etc.

"Arirang" also became the title of a grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance showing 100-year history of the Korean nation, which aroused a great admiration from the world people.

"Arirang" was selected as the best melody in the world at a meeting held by British, French and Italian composers in the early 2010s. And it was registered as a world intangible cultural heritage in 2014.

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