Pyeongtaek Nongak is listed in UNESCO
Pyeongtaek Nongak is the farmers’ music representing the Utdari
province referring to Seoul, Gyeonggi and Chungcheong provinces.
Pyeongtaek Nongak combines the tradition of ‘Durepae’ (a communal labor
team) and professional feast (performance) of ‘Geollippae (fund-raising
troupe) which presented the play visiting all over the country.
Pyeongtaek Nongak play have about 10 types of rhythms and variations
using Korean traditional musical instruments such as kkwaenggwari
(small gong), drum, Jing, janggu (hourglass-shaped drum), small drums,
and taepyeongso (conical double-reed oboe). The rhythms of Nongak is
generally fast, dynamic, and cheerful.
In particular, Pan-gut (exorcism) which is performed by about 30 persons is dynamic and splendid. Mudongnori (boy dancer’ performance), one of the best performance in Korea, is the only one which presents the full story in Korea. Pyeongtaek Nongak, the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Korea, was inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO on November 27, 2014.