Sunday, July 31, 2011

When Samulnori Meets Digital

Samulnori, which was created from Korean traditional music, Pungmul, is one of the most beloved genres of music among many Koreans.  It is one of the most dynamic music and makes listeners thrilled with its powerful sound. Samulnori has four musical instruments.  Kkwaengguari (small gong) symbolizes thunder, Janggu (traditional double-headed drum) symbolizes rain, Buk (drum) symbolizes cloud, and Jing(gong) symbolizes wind. 

(Source: Seoul Shinmun)

Samulnori was first created in 1978 by Kim Deok-Soo with His Friends- Kim Deok-Soo, Lee Kwang-Soo, Choi Jong-Sil, and Kim Yong-Bae.

Performance of  ‘Digilogue Samulnori-Blooming the Dead Tree’ (Source: Hankook Ilbo)
Kim Deok Soo’s latest performance, ‘Digilogue Samulnori’ consists of four instruments symbolizing the four directions- East, West, North and South and four seasons- Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  The performance depicts how deserted real world blooms, as in the cycle of seasons.  The show was mixed digitally and they combined the virtual reality with the real world and adopted four- dimensional (4D) technology.  I haven’t seen anything like this before.  This is definitely something to see.  Take a look at the video below -

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bulguksa 불국사


Bulguksa Temple is a must see for anyone who visits Korea.  Bulguksa Temple is recognized as one of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Korea.  The temple was built around 550 AD and in its heyday the temple premises contained 80 buildings.  Unfortunately, during Imjin War (1592-98) most of its buildings were burned down to the ground.  And again during the Korean War greater damage was caused to the temple.  The last of the restorations to the 24 buildings that exist on the Bulguksa Temple grounds today were completed in 1972 .  An abundance of national treasures of Korea are also located within Bulguksa . For more on Bulguksa - 


The front gate




Pond inside the temple vicinity


Four guardians of heaven’s door

IMG_0085Geongun-gyo (Blue Cloud Bridge)


Dabotap - pagoda of many treasures


Seokgatap in the background is also called Sakyamuni Pagoda or the Shadowless Pagoda


Monks reciting the sutras


One of the courtyards


A window with a view


Stone pagodas are known as 돌탑 (Doltap) in Korean and are made by stacking up stones.  There are several reasons why stone pagodas are constructed but one of  the main reasons people do it is to make wishes.




At the end of the trip quench your thirst