The song is about the difficulties crossing a mountain pass called "Arirang". There are many versions of this song. The first verse (given below) is most often sung.

Notes

*Arariyo has no meaning. It's in the song for the sound and to help it flow.

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Pronunciation:

Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo...
Arirang gogaero neom-eoganda.
Nareul beorigo gasineun nim-eun
Simnido motgaseo balbyeongnanda.

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This song is on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List by Unesco.

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Translation by Lisa.

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