Ganggangsullae ~ Korean Song and Dance Tradition

The “Ganggangsullae” (강강술래) is a Korean song and dance tradition originating from the southwestern coastal province of Jeollanam-do and performed by females around Chuseok holiday on the brightest night of the full moon.

As the full moon begins to rise in the sky, women come together and move in a circle, hand-in-hand thrusting their right hands forward and their left hands back. The woman with the best voice sings first, followed by others who chant the repeated refrains of “ganggangsullae”. The leader’s singing is actually an improvisation. In the beginning, the dance movement and song tempo are slow, but the pace becomes more rapid, and soon the women appear to be running in a circle.

This precious traditional dance was designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Korea in 1966, and went on to become a UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009.


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Source: Korea Tourism Organization, thank you!

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