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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-04-06 00:00:00 KST

It's Friday afternoon and I'm sure many of you, AND MYSELF, are excited for the weekend to begin once again.
The rainy clouds are expected to veer away for the next three days so, rather than staying at home why not enjoy outdoors[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young. Let me begin by asking this question: What comes to mind when you think of the term, "Arirang" For me, our "Arirang" station, of course --- AND, as a Korean Korea's long-time favorite song Arirang. I know the melody has been encapturing the ears of many around the world.

[Reporter : ] Yes, the term Arirang has been used for many, many different songs, products, movies, books, and more in Korea.
To take a closer look at how influential the song "Arirang" was and how the term was used, check out this exhibition.

The tune, "Arirang", may possibly become a candidate for the UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
There will be an exhibition that draws attention to the history and the value of Arirang, which represents the life of the Korean race.

Grandmother Hoon was a victim of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during the World War II.
She was taken to Cambodia and lived there for the rest of her life.
Although she had forgotten the Korean language, she vividly remembered the tune of Arirang.

Grandmother Hoon
"Arirang, Arirang, Ara-ri-o"

The term, "Arirang" has a special place in the lives of Koreans.

The first filtered cigarettes in Korea were named Arirang which took the shleves in 1958.

"Arirang, the first Korean filtered cigarettes were sold in Korea from July 20th"

Not only has the term "Arirang" been used in movies, books, concerts, as well as the symbol of resistance during the period of Japanese colonialism but also has been used as a national cheer song.

From food to karaoke machines to daily items "Arirang" is not just an ordinary song.

[Interview : Lee Kun-wook, Art and Culture researcher
National Folk Museum] "American jazz artist Oscar Pettiford came to Korea and heard the Arirang melody. He then arranged the song into a more jazzy tune, and named it "Ah-Dee-Dong Blues".
The exhibition will show 2000 references such as videos and sound sources that take a deeper look at Arirang, the Korean's melody.
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