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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This time, it was gold which flowed out in large quantities. This time a number of debt collectors appeared.

He had caught a swallow, broke its leg and tied it heuungbu splints. Next Post Flash Fiction: Nolbu had then realized that he was too greedy for money and that he should be more humble like his brother, Heungbu. However, out came a batch of little imps wielding sticks.

Thursday’s Tale: Heungbu and Nolbu – Carol’s Notebook

One of the sparrows broke its leg and Heungbu healed it. Even still, the young swallow had been injured. The swallow and almost all her young were eaten alive.

How on earth did you do it? Nolbu immediately planted the seed. You, your kids, and wife can figure it out on your own.

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. At the end of the nineteenth century, the ans had become such a widely known tale that Horace N.

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Hungbu and Nolbu the story of two brothers a Korean folktale – Patrick and Cindy Kirkbride

These folktales have taught me many lessons as well as entertained me when I was little. The story is about two brothers, Heungbu and Nolbu. In due course, winter passed, spring came, and it was the third day of the third lunar month.


He demanded to be told how his younger brother had managed to become so rich in such a short span of time. However, out of Nolbu’s gourds emerged monsters that kicked his buttocks, yanked his beard and sapped his wealth. They then took another gourd and cut it open. Allenwho compiled and translated the first Western-language collection of Korean folk tales, Korean Talesselected “The Story of Hungbu and Nolbu” as one of six typically Korean folk tales.

The Story of Heungbu and Nolbu May Be the Greatest Folktale Ever!

Nolbu is living it up in his fancy house with his one kid and wife and just being a jerk to everyone else who is starving to death. A red bottle appeared from the center of the gourd and announced, “Here I am! The story of “Heungbu and Nolbu” reportedly took place about years ago, [1] and was passed down through generations. This site uses cookies to enhance your experience and to make it load faster. Names like “Heungbu” and “Nolbu” might be unfamiliar to people in other countries, but the moral that good deeds bring you wealth and luck is similar to many other folk tales from cultures around the world.

He planted the seed in his thatch and it was soon groaning with the weight of the gourds. In the autumn, he and his wife used a saw to open the gourds, which were packed with jewelry and gold. Were working on getting it translated and finding photos so if you want to see that, consider subscribing to our weekly email or liking us on facebook. I also think that both of these characters deeply regret their greediness after their decision they had made in the story.


Heungbu chased the snake away and treated the swallow’s broken leg. But the punishment happens in the middle of the tale, giving him time to repent, to change his ways so that they both can have a happy ending, not someting that would happen in most European fairy tales.

One day Heungbu came begging to Nolbu for some food since his family was starving to death. Apparently the bird snapped a gourd and a bunch of poop came out and sprayed all over Nolbu. Korean literature Joseon Dynasty works. They grew big and when he cut all three of them, a monster had come out and had beaten Nolbu. Come out red and blue bottles! Nolbu, the older, is a mean nasty man, greedy and vicious, but very rich.

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Hungbu was a very hard worker, but for some reason he didn’t have much luck. We can compare these two characters because they have so nllbu in common. However, when his elder brother Nolbu heard the news, he came immediately to Hungbu’s house.