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Korean name
Hanja or
Revised Romanization daegeum
McCune–Reischauer taegŭm

The daegeum (also spelled taegum, daegum or taegŭm) is a large bamboo transverse flute used in traditional Korean music. It has a buzzing membrane that gives it a special timbre. It is used in court, aristocratic, and folk music, as well as in contemporary classical music, popular music, and film scores.

Smaller flutes in the same family include the junggeum (hangul: 중금; hanja: 中琴 or 中笒) and sogeum (hangul: 소금; hanja: 小琴 or 小笒), neither of which today have a buzzing membrane. The three together are known as samjuk (hangul: 삼죽; hanja: ; literally "three bamboo"), as the three primary flutes of the Silla period.[1]

The solo performance called daegeum sanjo was pronounced an Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Korea by the Cultural Heritage Administration of South Korea in 1971.[2]

According to Korean folklore, the daegeum is said to have been invented when King Sinmun of Silla was informed by Park Suk Jung, his caretaker of the ocean (海官) in 618 that a small island was floating toward a Buddhist temple in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). The king ordered his caretaker of the sun to test whether this was good luck. The caretaker replied that a dead king who turned into a sea dragon, and two great warriors are giving a gift to protect Silla, and if the king would visit the sea, he would receive a priceless gift. The king soon sent a person to look for the gift. The person replied that a bamboo tree on the top of the island becomes two in the morning and one in the night. On the next day, the world shook and it rained and wind blew, and the world was thrown into darkness for a week. When the king went to the island himself, a dragon appeared and told him that if the bamboo on the top of the island was cut down, made into a flute, and blown, the country would be peaceful. The king cut down the tree, and the flute made from the bamboo was called Man Pa Sik Juk (萬波息笛).[3]

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43 news items

Korea Times

Korea Times
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:33:45 -0800

Daegeum was traditionally made of old yellow bamboo. But in modern times, the double-grooved bamboo, called "ssanggoljuk," is more often used owing to its thicker and regular internal diameters, which make it more suitable for drilling a hole. Other ...
The Hindu
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:03:45 -0800

She was accompanied by Kyung-Koo, Lee (daegeum or long pipe/flute), Jung-Chul, Seo (double bass), Young-Deok, Jo (guitar), Jae-Hyeon, Shin and Jin-Yea, Sim (ajaeng and sori). In the opening number, 'Birds of Oblivion,' the double bass sounded the ...
GMA News
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:22:22 -0800

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GMA News

GMA News
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:58:38 -0700

There were also ethereal performances of Korean folk songs “Going Home” accompanied by daegeum (flute) player Lee Joo-Yeon, followed by the Korean Countertenor Ensemble's medley of “Barley Field”, “Tomb Wood”, and “New Arirang.” Traditional ...
PR Newswire (press release)
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:52:30 -0700

The Asian music ensemble will show off a fantastic sinawi (a kind of traditional Korean music) consisting of the traditional musical instruments of various countries, such as Vietnam's dan bau, Mongolia's yochin and Korea's daegeum (pipe) and janggu ...

Times of India

Times of India
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:48:45 -0700

Sungpil Yang played the South Korean Daegeum, a large bamboo transverse flute, with Seounghwi Park on the Piri - a Korean double reed instrument made of bamboo - and Jae seung Sin on percussions. The performance by the Bhutanese artistes saw ...
The Hankyoreh
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:51:01 -0700

Guests who stay in the old house resort without TV and computer can hear the sound of daegeum or danso, Korean traditional flutes, after sunset. The song continues even in the rain and in the wind. Park Jun-hae, a former music teacher plays the daegeum ...
Bangladesh News 24 hours
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:15:00 -0700

Korean bamboo flute recitals, Chinese lion dances with flute and serene tunes accompanying Cambodian dances -- music buffs here will get to enjoy a variety of wind instruments from across the world at a unique event here beginning Aug 23.

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