Cheoyongmu: A Traditional Korean Dance-Form

Khiroda Singh Khuntia, Rourkela, Odisha

South Korea, a country which is famous for not only its entertainment, music, food, beauty, and fashion but also for its long preserved diverse tradition and culture. South Korea is now dominating the world due to the ever-increasing popularity of K-Pop and K-Dramas; and also has a fascinating history of its own traditional dances and music forms. Many K-Fans who love K-Dramas probably have seen the historical dramas such as Hwarang, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and Hwang Jini; and might have found out how the traditional dance-forms were performed back then. Traditional dance-forms like Cheoyongmu, Seungmu, Hallyangmu, and Buchaechum which were beautifully performed in royal courts and among masses since the ancient times, are preserved and performed even today.

Picture Credits: Wikipedia

One of these dance-forms Cheoyongmu, which is based on the legend of Cheoyong (처용), the son of dragon king; was created during the Unified Silla Dynasty period, and is one of the oldest traditional dance forms preserved till today. Cheoyongmu used to be a court dance and is also regarded as the Shamanistic dance as it was used to be performed to ward off evil spirits and ghosts from the Royal court/banquets or during religious exorcism rites, and during the New Year to pray for good fortune and prosperity. In famous K-drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, this dance has been performed beautifully by the actors showcasing the old tradition, beauty and power of South Korea.

Traditionally, Cheoyeongmu is performed among five dancers who wear traditional costumes and masks. The steps are performed with great power and enthusiasm; and are based on the music, rhythm, and instrumental beats as well as coordinated with the lyrics sung by the musicians.

Picture Credits: Cultural Heritage Administration of UNESCO

When the Joseon ruled Korea became a sphere of influence, several dance-forms were not able to survive. After the cultural suspension and cultural cleansing by the Empire of Japan, many dance academies were also destroyed. However, even after several years; South Korea has been successful in preserving its rich history and culture.

Cheoyongmu was nominated for the inscription on the Representative List of the Important Intangible Cultural Heritages of UNESCO. Arirang TV, a South Korean TV network made a video on Cheoyongmu describing about the dance form, its tradition, history, and significance. Korean Cultural Heritage Administration also made a video about this dance-form on behalf of UNESCO on September 26, 2009.  You can watch the video here to know more about Cheoyongmu:

Video Credits: UNESCO

What do you think about this traditional dance form of South Korea? Tell us in the comments.

56 Comments Add yours

  1. smitiyer says:


    1. khiroda06 says:

      Indeed it is <33

  2. Sanskriti Saxena says:

    Nice dance form

    1. khiroda06 says:


  3. It was interesting to know, would love to explore Korean history👍

    1. khiroda06 says:

      I myself is a historic person and Thanks to moon lovers drama i was able to discover more about Goryeo dynasty ^^

  4. suba says:

    Woah Very interesting 🤩

    1. khiroda06 says:


  5. saumya7897 says:

    This seems quite unique and different..would love to see this dance performance..well written article⭐⭐

    1. khiroda06 says:

      We all would like to see this dance performance cause after people will see how it is performed, they’ll be fascinated for sure

  6. Woww these are so fascinating to watch. Especially in dramas😍

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Yess indeed ^^♡ if you want to watch the dance performance in drama, do check out Moon Lovers’s clip where all male actors perform this before their new year banquet ♡

    2. rupalikujur says:

      Now this is interesting to know. 😯

  7. Anushka Gupta says:

    Elegant 🔥🔥❤️❤️

    1. khiroda06 says:


  8. suhasini17 says:

    A unique culture …. thank you for this amazing article!

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Hope you liked this article ^^♡
      And ofcourse Korea’s culture and tradition is something which cant be ignored

  9. suhasini17 says:

    thank you for bring out the unique Korean culture… amazing article

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Hope you liked this ^^

  10. This dance form seems interesting. Would like to know more about it. Well written 👏

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Thanks a loads ♡♡

  11. anishanath says:

    I love dancing and that’s the reason I love this beautiful Article. This dance really is wonderful ❤️

    1. Smriti. L says:

      I would love to see the dance performance someday!

    2. khiroda06 says:

      Dancing is an art which is can narrate a story, can express someone’s feeling and can show how beautiful this art is ♡this dance form was something which caught my eyes instantly with it’s elegance and story behind it ♡ hope you liked this ^^♡

  12. The dance is so beautiful, this article is so good.. very informative.. very well explained🌸

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Thanks a loads ♡♡ hope you liked this article ^^♡

  13. shwets007 says:

    I learnt a lot of new things from this article. Thank you for writing this.

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Hope you liked this ^^♡

  14. Jasmine says:

    I really enjoyed reading this article! Such an interesting topic ❤️

    1. khiroda06 says:

      My pleasure ^^♡

  15. kylemyoxin78 says:

    Well informed!! Got to know something too fascinating.

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Indeed we all did ^^♡

  16. Woah! It was so interesting to read and know about this Korean traditional dance form in detail.

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Thanks to Historic dramas which got me hooked to Korea’s Old history, tradition and culture ^^♡

  17. Riya Rawat says:

    Such a fascinating article ❤️

    1. SHEFALI SINGH says:

      Such an interesting article! 👍🏽👍🏽

    2. khiroda06 says:

      Thanks a loads♡ hope you liked this ^^♡

  18. sriadita says:

    I heard about this dance form a lot !!
    What a beautiful dance form 🤧

    1. khiroda06 says:

      As Beautiful as its Story behind this dance form ^^♡

  19. ekta1927 says:

    I really love this article. You know these traditional dance forms have so much stories to tell from past always something new you get to learn when you watch these dance forms or any other traditional things like music or art there’s always a new experience about this. Really love it.

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Omg i guess you liked this a lot ^^♡♡ Indeed if we get to see other traditional dances narrating the story of past then we get to learn alot about the diverse history and culture

  20. itsdiyajain says:

    Loved reading this 🥺

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Im glad you liked this ^^♡

  21. ojashreya27 says:

    Beautiful 💜

    1. khiroda06 says:


  22. mehaksharma2803 says:

    Very interesting and useful 🌼

    1. khiroda06 says:


  23. Article is so informative 💜

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Im glad you liked this <33

  24. hallyufan135 says:

    Wow..Interesting and informative. Hope get to know more about culture..Nice article

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Thanks a loads ♡♡ will try to write more articles on Hallyu culture later ♡♡^^

  25. Woah! It was so amazing to read and know about this Korean traditional dance form in detail. Thankyou for this informative article.

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Thanks a loads for liking this ^^ ♡♡♡♡

  26. Seema says:

    Such an amazing article Very well written 😍👍🏻👌🏻

    1. khiroda06 says:

      Thank you ^^♡♡♡

  27. shrishti3599 says:

    Learned something new❤

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