5 Versions of Korea’s “Arirang”

Professor Oh December 5, 2013 2

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):


  1. Lady G. December 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I love this! You sing great too. Now I know that Arirang was part of the main rap theme song of the great drama “Fermentation Family.” – (Chun Jin) [Feat. Seo Jin Sil Bea Nu Ri] Artist: 박선주 (Park Sun Joo)

    The song seems to have the same sad effect that ‘Danny Boy’ has on the Irish and even most Americans.

  2. haruka December 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    The last performance of the song like me the most. I think it is very beautiful. Thak you for it:)

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