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Hangul 생황
Revised Romanization saenghwang
McCune–Reischauer saenghwang
A gisaeng playing a saenghwang (far right). The painting is from the Hyewon pungsokdo (1805).

The saenghwang is a sheng, though its tuning is different.

It is constructed from 17 bamboo pipes, each with a metal free reed, mounted vertically in a windchest. Traditionally the saenghwang's windchest was made out of a dried gourd but nowadays it is more commonly made of metal or wood. In contrast to other Korean traditional instruments, it is not well known today, even in Korea, and very few musicians are able to play it. It is used primarily in chamber music, usually in combination with instruments such as the

See also

  • Saenghwang page
  • Saenghwang page (with audio sample)
  • saenghwangPainting and poem describing

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Gisaeng (Korean female entertainers) are often depicted playing saenghwang in old Korean paintings.

A gisaeng holding a saenghwang (far left). The painting is from the Hyewon pungsokdo (1805).

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