Kayakum

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Kayakum

 

a Korean many-stringed plucked musical instrument. The body is flat and elongated, with two round openings at one end. The number of strings varies. The kayakum is played solo or in combination with the cross flute, the chettae. Ensembles of female kayakum players are very popular.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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But if they are learning to play Korean traditional instruments, such as the kayakum [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (zither) or tanso [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (bamboo flute), they are said to be studying traditional Korean music, kugak [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], at traditional Korean music academies, kugak hagwon [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
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