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Traditional Korean Masks


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Hahoe Characters on Parade

Korean mask dancer as Kaksi, the Bride.

Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

Here, the Hahoe characters Kaksi (the bride) and Halmi (the old woman) dance down the lane at a Korean traditional arts festival. Yangban (the aristocrat) is half-visible behind Kaksi's sleeve.

At least 13 different regional forms of talchum continue to be performed in Korea today. They are:

The famed Hahoe Pyolshin-gut from Kyongsangbuk-do, the east coast province that encompasses Andong City;

Yangju Pyol-sandae and Songpa sandae from Kyonggi-do, the province surrounding Seoul in the northwest corner;

Pongsan, Kangnyong and Eunyul, from Hwanghae-do, a North Korean province between Pyongyang and the South Korean border;

Suyong Yayu, Tongnae Yayu, Gasan Ogwangdae, Tongyong Ogwangdae and Kosong Ogwangdae from Kyongsangnam-do (on the south coast);

and, from the rugged northeastern province of Kangwon-do, Kwanno and Namsadangpae Totpoegich'um.

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