Have you been to the Korean Folk Village, or seen the movie ‘The King and The Clown’? If you have, you’ll remember seeing someone moving around a tightrope completely free and as he pleases.

Jultagi is an activity where a very talented individual walks about on a tightrope and sings, dances, and maybe tells a story. The rope itself is set up by erecting two pillars made of three thin wooden staffs as tripods and tightening the rope between them.

It reportedly came from China during Silla times and today is recognized as an “intangible cultural treasure” by the Korean government. There is, of course, something similar in the West.

But in Korea musicians playing instruments like janggu, piri, and haegeum accompany him and make him move more alacrity while making it all even more fun for viewers. Every performer is different but they say there are ten basic tightrope movements.

Walking in the most basic, but then there’s walking backwards, jumping, lying down, pretending to fall, and other devices to keep the crowd’s attention. Instead of just walking the tightrope, performers also sing, tell satirical stories about society at the time, and use humor as they “act foolish” or “play hunchback” or pretend to be women doing makeup.

In other words, Korean tightrop walking is about more than just physical movement. It involves song and wit and creating a fun environment for everyone involved, the performers and the audiences.

Source From: Arirang TV

Photos From: prkorea.com