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):