Baet Nori

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Writer HanYangmyung(韓陽明)

A custom appreciating artwork on a boat in a river or pond.

Baet Nori was mainly held by the yangban (the gentry of the Joseon Period), although it was enjoyed by various classes. Baet Nori for the yangban can be divided into two types: the Sojourn, where people stay on a boat in a specific area; and Excursion, where people move around over a relatively long period of time. Sojourn was typically a custom where people set a boat afloat near their home, whereas Excursion was a custom where people move a body of water, which takes a longer amount of time, even up to several days. Baet Nori entails drinking, composing, and reciting a sijo (traditional three-verse Korean poem), and in some cases, participants were accompanied by gisaengs (highly-trained female artists in ancient Korea who entertained men with music, conversation, and poetry) and court musicians for dancing, signing, and accompaniment.

Most activities of the yangban are static, while Baet Nori is more dynamic, since it involves leaving the home to travel to other places in nature and appreciate the arts, along with the landscape. Although it might differ depending on the case, the fact that it involves various recreational elements, including drinking, dancing, music, composing, and reciting a sijo, in hand with San Nori, it exemplifies how the yangban appreciated the arts.

Baet Nori

Baet Nori
Location of the encyclopedia

Korean Folk Arts > Folk Games

Writer HanYangmyung(韓陽明)

A custom appreciating artwork on a boat in a river or pond.

Baet Nori was mainly held by the yangban (the gentry of the Joseon Period), although it was enjoyed by various classes. Baet Nori for the yangban can be divided into two types: the Sojourn, where people stay on a boat in a specific area; and Excursion, where people move around over a relatively long period of time. Sojourn was typically a custom where people set a boat afloat near their home, whereas Excursion was a custom where people move a body of water, which takes a longer amount of time, even up to several days. Baet Nori entails drinking, composing, and reciting a sijo (traditional three-verse Korean poem), and in some cases, participants were accompanied by gisaengs (highly-trained female artists in ancient Korea who entertained men with music, conversation, and poetry) and court musicians for dancing, signing, and accompaniment.

Most activities of the yangban are static, while Baet Nori is more dynamic, since it involves leaving the home to travel to other places in nature and appreciate the arts, along with the landscape. Although it might differ depending on the case, the fact that it involves various recreational elements, including drinking, dancing, music, composing, and reciting a sijo, in hand with San Nori, it exemplifies how the yangban appreciated the arts.