National Intangible Cultural Property No. 11-4 Gangneung Nongak


Everlasting Legacies of Korea

National Intangible Cultural Property No. 11-4 Gangneung Nongak +

Classification Intangible Cultural Heritage / Traditional Performing Arts / Music
Designated date 1985.12.1
location Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Gangneung Nongak is one of the most popular Yeongdong Nongak, which is handed down to the east of the Taebaek Mountains in Gangwon-do, and is also called Farming Pool Nongak because it has a farming pool that imitates and reproduces agricultural life. Although there are no exact records of its origin, it is presumed that it originated from the beginning of agricultural life.

Gangneung Nongak is composed of Nonggi, Clenap (Lalari), Kkwaenggwari, Jing, drum, janggu, sogo, Beopgo (small drum used for Buddhist ceremonies), and Mudong (Sanaei). The performers wear white trousers and red, blue, and yellow tricolor bands, while the mudongs wear clothes mixed with various colors.

Gangneung Nongak has three to four days of Nongak band walking from house to house around the fifteenth of lunar January, geollip nongak where Nongak and gosa are performed in order to collect joint funds from the village, gimaegi nongak, which is performed in the yard when gimmaegi is over, and jilmukgi when gimmaegi is over, and during the spring hwajeon nori.

There are Dalmajigut (a wish for the moon), torchlight, and brass leg bapgi (a game in which young women pick one person to walk over their waist), and there are Gimmaegi nongak, Jilmukgi, and Gilnori nongak, which can be called Dure nongak.

Gangneung Nongak plays an important role in promoting mutual harmony and village unity, forgetting the hardships of farming.


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