The Dancing Maiden Charan


Pang Im

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Tonight, we’ll read a story called "Charan, The Dancing Maiden", taken from the book “Korean Folk Tales” written by Pang Im but compiled, translated to English by James Gale and published in 1913.

Pang Im was born in 1640, the son of a provincial governor. He was a great scholar and a disciple of one of Korea's first famed writers. When he was eighty years old, he became governor of Seoul, and held other high cabinet positions as well. In 1722 he played a part in a disturbance of the government and was exiled to North Korea.