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The performance of "Jultagi" in Jeonju, South Korea.
Korean name
Hangul 줄타기 / 어름
Hanja none
Revised Romanization jultagi / eoreum
McCune–Reischauer chultaki / ŏrŭm

Jultagi or eoreum is traditional Korean performance of tightrope-walking. It is included into South Korea's Important Intangible Cultural Properties number 58.


There is no evidence when this acrobatic performance originated. Some scholars presumed it appeared during Silla and Goryeo era.[1] It became more famous in Joseon dynasty era and still exists to this day.

It is different from the tightrope-walking styles of other countries, because it is usually accompanied by music plays by telling a story to entertain viewers. Jultagi is held on Public holidays in South Korea like Daeboreum, Dano and Chuseok holidays. The Korean folk village in Seoul also presents this play to entertain tourists. It was also performed in events held in the royal palace, banquets of high-ranking government officers or village festivals. The tightrope walking performance is composed of a rope player, a clown and musical instrument players.

An example of these plays can be seen in the movie King and the Clown.[2]


A jultagi performance at Korean Folk Village

There are more than 40 kinds of Jultagi techniques including a walking on a tight rope as the basic motion, a reversed walking on it, leaping with one foot on it, sitting and lying on it, and sometimes pretending to fall down. [3] Another elaborate tightrope walking trick is jumping up after kneeling on the tightrope with one knee and then landing on the rope in a cross-legged sitting position. Some expert tightrope walkers can jump forward while standing on the rope without falling. [4]

See also


  1. ^ "Jultagi(Rope walking)". National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. October 4, 2007. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "[KING AND THE CLOWN SPECIAL] 왕의 남자 (The King and The Clown) [Part 3]". twitchfilm. October 4, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Jultagi(Rope walking)". National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. October 4, 2007. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Jultagi, A Korean Tightrope Performance". ArirangTV. October 22, 2007. 

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