Taepyongso which is said to have been trans- mitted from Ming, China
to Korea around the 14th century when King Taejo of the Yi dynasty
ruled the country. While most of the Korean wind instruments are
made of bamboo.
is a wood- wind made of citron or jujube tree, covered by a piece of copper plate at the bottom. Reed
is used for blowing, and the 46
centimeter instrument has 7 tone holes in the front, and
1 in the
Taepyongso is the only instrument for melody in military march or
Although it produces strong sound, because its
tones are hard to control, and its timbre too loud, the instrument
cannot be properly user in an orchestra.