Samulnori is deeply rooted within the traditional music and philosophy of the Korean culture. For a long time, agriculture was the major industry in Korean. Before the time of modern tools and machines, farm labor must have been very hard and exhausting. After the daily work was done, or the yearly harvest was over, farmers used to get together to relax and enjoy themselves. The Samulnori comes from ‘samul’ which means ‘four instruments’ and ‘nori’ which means ‘playing’. Originally the word ‘samul’ is from Buddhism which refers to instruments they used to use. But as time passed, Samul is composed by ‘KKwaenggwari’.

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