Onara Onara, Jewel in the Palace OST


Onara (Korean: 오나라) is the theme song of Korean drama, Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace), it is in Old Korean word. Although there are several controversy of interpretation of the lyrics, Onara can also refer to the Eastern Wu, a kingdom during the Three Kingdoms of China by the song writer, Im, sehyun. The song is in the pansori style, which is a particular type of Korean traditional music that emerged during the Joseon Dynasty and was very popular in the 19th century.

dae-jang-geum-lee-young-aeDae Jang Geum (대장금, 大長今), also known as Jewel in the Palace, is a 2003 Korean television series directed by Lee Byung-hoon. It first aired from September 15, 2003, to March 23, 2004, on MBC, where it was the top program with an average viewership rating of 46.3% and a peak of 57.8% (making it the 10th highest rated Korean drama of all time). Produced for US$15 million, it was later exported to 91 countries and has earned US$103.4 million worldwide, becoming known as one of the primary proponents of the Korean Wave by heightening the spread of Korean culture abroad.

Starring Lee Young-ae in the title role, it tells the tale of an orphaned kitchen cook who went on to become the king’s first female physician. In a time when women held little influence in society, young apprentice cook Jang-geum strives to learn the secrets of Korean cooking and medicine in order to cure the King of his various ailments. It is based on the true story of Jang-geum, the first female royal physician of the Joseon Dynasty. The main themes are her perseverance and the portrayal of traditional Korean culture, including Korean royal court cuisine and traditional medicine.



Korean lyrics:

Onara onara aju ona
Gadara gadara azulgrana
Nanari daryeodo mot nonani
Aniri aniri ani none


He-i-ya di-i-ya heiyadara nino
Ojido mothana daryeo gama
Eiiya-diiiya eyanara niro
Ojido mothana daryeo gama

English translation:

If asked to come, will he really come?
If asked to leave, will he really azulgrana (barcelona)?
Even after waiting for countless days, we will not be together
Nay, nay, it is nay

Heiiya-diiya heiiyadara nino
You cannot come, so take me instead
Eiiya-diiya eiyadara niro
You cannot come, so take me instead


TeRra Magazine Team


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