was buried near the place where the flower
was found. After a while, another flower
appeared in the same place as the first
Traditional Korean Folktale
original tale written by
Ji-Young Lee from Korea
is a tale of undying love between a young couple
who won the struggle to be together.
ago, there was a village named 'Sa-rang' in Korea.
The village had two flowers that cried when a
couple passed nearby. These flowers never died.
long time ago there was a couple, Soo-il and
Soon-ae, living in Sa-rang. They loved each other
so much that they wanted to get married, but
Soon-ae's father, who was very rich, never allowed
her to marry Soo-il, who was very poor.
few days later, her father lied to her. He told her
that Soo-il got married to another girl and pushed
her to marry a rich guy named Jung-bae. She was
very sad because she believed her father and agreed
to marry Jung-bae.
Soon-ae' and Jung-bae were not happy because they
did not love each other. He hung out with friends,
met other girls, and seldom came back home. They
would not stay together long.
day, Soon-ae heard a strange, continuous sound from
outside the window, so she slowly went to the
window and opened it up. When she looked down,
there was Soo-il. Her heart started beating faster,
and she made up her mind to go to him. She jumped
down from her room, which was on the second floor,
and then she felt a big pain and fainted.
Soon-ae was able to open her eyes, she saw the
people she loved. There were members of her family
and Soo-il. They all looked at her with concern,
but at that moment she discovered that she could
not move at all. She knew her father had lied to
her, and she cried every day. Soo-il came to see
her every day, but her father would not let him see
decided to secretly take her to a small town in the
country where nobody could find them. In that town.
he cut trees and sold them to make a living, while
Sa-rang slowly recovered and was able to move
day when Soo-il was coming back home after cutting
trees, he saw a rose on the edge of a cliff.
Because Soon-ae liked roses, he tried to pick the
rose. Unfortunately, he slid and fell over the
she was waiting for him as usual, some people
living in the town came to her with his
possessions. Immediately, she went to the place
where his possessions were found even though she
could not walk well.
when she got there, she could not find his body,
only a strange flower. After that, she never ate or
drank and never talked to anybody. She only thought
about Soo-il, who could never return to her.
couple of days later, she closed her eyes for ever
and ever. She was buried near the place where the
flower was found. After a while, her grave
disappeared, and another flower appeared in the
same place as the first one.
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