World Ch. Schedule : WED 09:05 KST
* Date : 2015-09-28
In 2012, "Arirang" was added to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
How did this Korean song become a song the world can sing and enjoy?
Ironically, the reason behind that is the Korean War.
For war veterans of 20 countries, "Arirang" was another name for "Korea."
They heard Koreans sing it, and they learned it from Korean soldiers, with whom they shared life and death struggles.
When and how did "Arirang" spread throughout the war, and how did it become a song of antiwar and peace? "Arirang" is reintroduced through the memories of the Korean War veterans.
We explain how "Arirang" was sung by the 7th Infantry Division, used as a weapon of war, influenced by Pete Seeger and inspired Oscar Pettiford to make "Ah Dee Dong Blues."
Rare variations of "Arirang" by the U.S. Army Chorus and war orphans as well as souvenirs bearing "Arirang" and scores are shown.
"Arirang's" message of antiwar and peace to the world can be heard on September 24, on Arirang Prime.