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계명산천(鷄鳴山川)이 밝아 온다

Discussion in '한국어 (Korean)' started by RadkeRonnie, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. RadkeRonnie Member

    English - USA
    Hello everyone.

    I'm trying to translate the song 경복궁 타령 (as sung by 송소희) into English for my own understanding, and there are a few phrases I'm having trouble with. Any help would be extremely appreciated. I've put what I think each line means below.

    남문을 열고 파루(罷漏)를 치니 계명산천(鷄鳴山川)이 밝아 온다.
    The south gate is open and the morning bell has been rung; the sounds of roosters and the visions of mountains and rivers are coming.

    I got the 한자 from


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  2. Rance Senior Member

    산천 literally means mountains and rivers, and usually used to refer to nature.
    계명산천 means the dusky nature/environment around the time rooster would cry.
    밝아 온다 means brightening up.
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