Traditional Korean music can be differentiated into two genres - Jongmyo Jeryeak and Pansori.

JONGMYO JERYEAK

An example of Jongmyo Jeryeak is the Daechwita, ceremonial music that was performed for the royals or when there were military marches. It included various wind and percussion instruments. It is a very formal and structured type of music.

Below is a link to Jongmyo Jeryeak and Daechwita music.

Korea traditional music has also influenced some of the current K-Pop style of music. Below is an example of a fusion of Daechwita and K-Pop by BTS’s SUGA. The beats work together quite well. This is definitely worth listening to.

PANSORI

The other genre of music is music for the commoners’. This themed style of music narrated a story, and was also known as pansori that is similar to folk songs. With a distinct, inimitable sound, rhythm, and singing technique, pansori was designated as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.

KOREAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC CENTER

We have also selected various playlists from the National Gugak Center (Korean Traditional Music Center). These playlists showcase different artists play traditional music in different ways. Click the images below and enjoy the traditional music playlist.