Korean Songs

The traditional music of Korea encompasses the folk court music forms of the Korean natives. Essentially Buddhist and native shamanistic beliefs have maximum influence on the musical compositions of Korea. The music can be largely categorized into five primary types, being:

Court music
Folk music
Aristocratic music
Scholarly music
Religious music

The folk music of Korea is considered to be varied and complex in its forms. However, all the forms maintain a set of rhythms, which is commonly termed as Jangdan; along with a loosely distinct set of melodic modes.

The traditional instruments used to compose Korean songs are divided into three broad categories, being:
Gayageum: A 12-string zither
Geomungo: A 6-string zither
Haegum: 2-string fiddle
7-string zither
25-string zither
Daegeum: A large transverse flute
The small flute
Piri: A cylindrical oboe
The grass flute
Chinese oboe
A vertical flute
The hojok or taepyongso: The conical oboe
Saenghwang: A mouth organ
Hun: A globular flute
Flute with mouthpiece
Danso: A small-notch vertical flute
Large gong
Small gong
Folk drum
Sound drum
Folk hourglass drum
The clapper
Bronze bells
Pyeongyeong: Stone chimes
Square wooden box with mallet
Tiger-shaped wooden instruments

Amongst the famous Korean singers are:

Tony An
Cho Yong-pil
Hong Kyung Min
Jang Sa-ik
Kim Dong Wan
Kim Jong Min
Lee Hyori
Lee Seung Gi
Lee Jae Won
Lee Jung
Lee Jung-hyun
Lee Seung-cheol
Moon Hee Jun
Nam Hyun Joon
Park Jin-Young
Park Ji-yoon
Park Yong-ha
Seo Ji Young
Jo Su-mi
Sung Si Kyung
Lee Tzsche
Uhm Jung-hwa
Yim Jae-beom
Yoon Eun Hye