Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.322.5
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: Wolgeum [in hangul: 월금; hanja: 月琴 Wolgeum] a lute having a circular moon shaped body, neck and four tuning pegs and a total of 13 frets. Strings were originally of silk. This instrument is no longer used although, it was documented in the 15th century Joseon dynasty in the Akhak gwebeom.
Citations: Bibliography: Akhak gwebeom [in Hangul 악학궤범; in Hanja 樂學軌範] by Seong Hyeon 1439-1504 Historic Text ; Websites: