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Korean folktale about two brothers. Get the resources for teaching this story here – Korean Short Story I: Heungboo and Nolbu 흥부와 놀부. Once upon a time, there were two brothers, Nolbu and Heungbu. Nolbu was rich but greedy. Heungbu. Here is the story of Heungbu and Nolbu. Older brother Nolbu is greedy and cruel, while younger brother Heungbu is kind and good-hearted.

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The story of the two brothers Hungbu and Nolbu is one of the most typical and popular of all Korean folk tales. Next, he nolu placed the young swallow back in the nest. Nolbu, the older brother, was very greedy, but his younger brother, Heungbu, was kind and empathetic.

Heungbu, the younger, was a hard worker, kind and generous, but poor and he, his wife and children were always hungry. Winter passed and Nolbu’s swallow returned in the spring.

Myths & Folktales: Heungbu and Nolbu

Maybe we should cut one open heunhbu see if there might be something inside. When the gourds had grown, Heungbu took an axe and cut yeungbu.

Heungbu chased the snake away and treated the swallow’s broken leg. We got a huge kick out of this story and decided to do some digging around. We highlighted some of our favorites. One day, Heungbu saw that a snake was crawling up a tree near his house to eat a swallow. However, out of the gourd came many little imps wielding sticks.

He is the most greedy, perverse and heartless character in Korean literature. The identity of its writer is unknown.


However, out of Nolbu’s gourds emerged monsters that kicked his buttocks, yanked his beard and sapped his wealth.

Then the swallow dropped a gourd seed on the ground.

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Heungbu and Nolbu

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However, when his elder brother Nolbu heard the news, he came immediately to Hungbu’s house. Instead of making real offerings to his ancestors, he wrote words on pieces of paper.

Views Read Edit View history. Thinking that this was strange, Hungbu picked up the seed and planted it in the garden. After doing some research we found that this story is freaking znd and has to be shared.

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Nolbuu red bottle appeared from the center of the gourd and announced, “Here I am! One of the sparrows broke its leg and Heungbu healed it.

I hope that these tales would spread more and more, and more children can listen to these folktales and become memories as well. Plus a special bonus for bobo and chichi readers! He had caught a swallow, broke its leg and tied it with splints. Heungbo of course plants the seed. When the gourds grew, Nolbu wasted no time cutting one open.

I just do not believe the other guy is suddenly all nice. As an added thank you bobo and chichi readers will get a special discount. Then, he carefully wrapped some string around it to give heingbu some support. After that, Hungbu became a man of wealth.


Now, whenever I hear these stories, it makes me remember my childhood and the good times. He demanded to be told how his younger brother had managed to become so rich in such a short span of time. Nolbu, soon came across with the information about Heungbu being rich.

The following spring, just like Heungbu, the sparrow had returned with three gourd seed. I have found interest in two stories, one myth and the other, a Korean folk tale.

hheungbu Then it happened that one unfortunate swallow did come and hatched some baby swallows there. They grew big and when he cut all three of them, a monster had come out and had beaten Nolbu. Seeing the snake, the swallow fell to the ground, breaking its leg.

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When it was fleeing, its leg had got caught in a bamboo blind and it had fallen to the ground. This time a beautiful nymph appeared.

They finally realized their mistake and asked Heungbu to forgive them and lived together happily ever after. This story also has great cultural significance in Korea because it challenges the common Korean value that the eldest son is the most important child of the family.

Once upon a time, there were two brothers, Heungbu and Nolbu.