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Hanbok Photoshoot at Unhyeongung Palace

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Hanbok Photoshoot at Unhyeongung Palace

On my way to Insadong I spontaneously decided to visit the Unhyeongung Palace (운현궁). Little did I expect to end up having a hanbok photoshoot. For only 3,3000 won in fact. That's approximately $3 USD.

After paying the hanbok wearing fee, you walk into a room filled with Korean decorations. To the right is where the colorful hanbok costumes are. The ladies choose a jeogori (the blouse jacket) and chima (long skirt). Men wear a jeogori and baji (pants). Traditional hats are also available.

Once you wear your hanbok, it's time for portraits around the palace. You'll feel like a princess. Or a prince, if you're a dude. Being a chilly winter day there weren't many visitors. Thus I was lucky to score what must've been a 30-minute photo session.

Sometimes I wish everyone wore their country's traditional attire on a daily basis. However Western clothes do have their functionality. Perhaps the romance of wearing hanbok would diminish if worn everyday?

You know the concrete block Professor Oh is standing on (above)? King Gojong used to step on it to get on and off his horse.

It was on my bucket list to wear a hanbok and pose in front of a wooden door. One dream realized, a thousand more to go!

When you wear a dress, you must twirl. That's when it feels most alive :)



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Arirang Lyrics - Korean, English, Romanization

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Arirang Lyrics - Korean, English, Romanization

There are many versions of the Arirang. Here are the lyrics to the commonly known one:

Korean
아리랑, 아리랑, 아라리요...
아리랑 고개로 넘어간다.
나를 버리고 가시는 님은
십리도 못가서 발병난다.

Romanization
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo...
Arirang gogaero neomeoganda.
Nareul beorigo gasineun nimeun
Simnido motgaseo balbbyeongnanda.

English
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo...
Crossing over Arirang Pass.
The one who abandoned me
Shall not walk even 4 kilometers before their feet hurt.

Hear me sing Arirang at 0:35 in KWOW #112 (above).



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5 Versions of Korea's "Arirang"

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5 Versions of Korea's "Arirang"

As we learned in KWOW #112, Arirang is Korea's popular folk song. Every region has their own version. The "standard version" is the Seoul Arirang. Every generation sings it with a different vibe depending on their historical experiences in Korea. The following are the diverse ways Arirang is sung.

The Seoul Arirang, also known as as Gyeonggi Arirang, performed by ladies in hanbok (traditional costume):

Arirang sung by North Korean singer Ri Kyong Suk:

As seen on "I am a Singer," here's the Kpop-ified version of Arirang by Yoon Min-soo:

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra performing Arirang in North Korea:

The jazz version of Jeongsun Arirang (정선 아리랑) by Na Yoon-sun (나윤선):



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