[Our Museums] Discover plaintive and joyful melodies of Korea at Arirang Museum

Special exhibition at the Arirang Museum's first floor (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Particular exhibition on the Arirang Museum’s first flooring (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

JEONGSEON, Gangwon Province — “Arirang Arirang Arario …” The melancholic but oddly comforting melody resonates deeply within the hearts of Koreans.

Whereas the track’s actual origins stay unclear, historic data counsel that Arirang turned common within the late Joseon period, cementing its place as one of the beloved Korean folksongs, evoking a way of house to many.

In December 2012, Arirang, the lyrical folks track of the Republic of Korea, was named UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Two years later, in 2014, the Arirang folks track of the Democratic Folks’s Republic of Korea additionally made the UNESCO checklist.

Round 100 variations of Arirang and no less than 10,000 completely different lyrics exist on the Korean Peninsula, together with well-known variations just like the Miryang Arirang, Jindo Arirang and Jeongseon Arirang, in accordance with the Jeongseon Arirang Tradition Basis.

A 1975 photoprint copy of the Feburary 1896 issue of The Korean Repository contains “Korean Vocal Music” by Homer B. Hulbert (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

A 1975 photoprint copy of the Feburary 1896 difficulty of The Korean Repository comprises “Korean Vocal Music” by Homer B. Hulbert (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

The Arirang Museum, established in Could 2016, is located in Jeongseon, a mountainous village in Gangwon Province, famend for its Jeongseon Arirang.

“We now have over 3,780 Arirang-related supplies, principally collected by way of donations and a few purchases,” the museum’s researcher Gang Ja-yun advised The Korea Herald. “We encourage guests to start their journey within the everlasting exhibition corridor on the second flooring, the place rigorously chosen gadgets illuminate the historical past and progress of Arirang. Following that, the particular exhibition downstairs connects to the ever-evolving Arirang of at present, the place guests can even take part within the inventive course of by way of their very own phrases.”

The everlasting exhibition corridor gives guests an immersive expertise that delves into the various regional variations of Arirang, together with its abroad renditions.

Guests can hearken to completely different variations of Arirang sung by grasp singers, spanning from Arirang of Jeju Island within the south to that of North Korea.

The exhibition additionally exhibits variations of Arirang present in China, Russia, Central Asia, US, Japan and Europe, every with its distinct traits.

Within the corridor’s central space, a digital archive sales space offers guests with the chance to decide on a specific nation on a world map and briefly pattern that nation’s rendition of Arirang.

Long play records of Arirang are on display (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Lengthy play data of Arirang are on show (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

A listening booth, where visitors can hear different renditions of

A listening sales space, the place guests can hear completely different renditions of “Arirang” from completely different areas and time intervals (Kim Hae-yeon / The Korea Herald)

Among the many recordings out there are these by the American folks singer Pete Seeger from the early Nineteen Fifties and the 1976 rendition by the French orchestra chief and conductor Paul Mauriat.

The Arirang-related gadgets within the exhibition vary from books, LP data, postcards, images to family merchandise bearing the title “Arirang” from the Nineteen Fifties to the Nineteen Eighties. Arirang’s recognition has additionally led to the creation of Arirang Radio, Arirang snacks and cookies, and even a comic book guide sequence titled, “Arirang USA.”

In the meantime, the particular exhibition corridor introduces a brand new theme two to 3 occasions a 12 months, reinterpreting Arirang from a recent perspective.

The latest exhibition, “Arirang: Hip, Han, Eol,” which led to October, inspired guests to specific their very own emotions and rework them into written notes, contributing to the evolving Arirang lyrics. The notes with the lyrics adorn the partitions, every bearing deeply private experiences and feelings.

The subsequent particular exhibition is scheduled to open Dec. 5, below the theme of Jeongamsa Sumano Stupa, a brick stone stupa in Jeongseon that could be a designated Nationwide Treasure. Particulars might be introduced on the museum’s official web site by late November.

Performance team of creative musical

Efficiency staff of inventive musical “Ari Arari” rehearse on the Jeongseon Arirang Heart, positioned subsequent to the museum. (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

For these in search of a reside expertise, the Jeongseon Arirang Heart, related to the museum, hosts the inventive musical “Ari Arari.”

The efficiency weaves a story about lovers residing close to Jeongseon’s Auraji Lake and two households devoted to the reconstruction of Gyeongbokgung with the best pine timber from Jeongseon. Tickets can be found by way of the Jeongseon Arirang Tradition Basis’s official web site.

Having made its debut throughout the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February 2018, the musical might be taken to the Edinburgh Pageant within the UK subsequent March.

Ararichon, or Arari Village, a spacious outdoor area just outside the Arirang Museum, where various performances and events related to Arirang are held (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Ararichon, or Arari Village, a spacious out of doors space simply exterior the Arirang Museum, the place varied performances and occasions associated to Arirang are held (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Simply exterior the museum’s doorstep is Ararichon, or Arari Village. The out of doors space features a cafe and a number of phases the place Jeongseon Arirang performances and academic actions, together with Arirang studying packages for kids and households, happen.

The Arirang Museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission prices 2,000 received per individual.

That is the eighth article in a sequence that introduces a wide range of distinctive museums that concentrate on a various vary of themes, from artwork and science to historical past and expertise. — Ed.

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