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Daechwita musicians performing for the changing of the guard at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul
Korean name
Hangul 대취타
Revised Romanization daechwita
McCune–Reischauer taech'wit'a
Daechwita musicians playing yonggo (dragon drums) in a Seoul street parade

Daechwita (literally "great blowing and hitting") is a genre of Korean traditional music consisting of military music played by wind and percussion instruments, generally performed while marching. Instruments used include nabal (brass horn), nagak (seashell horn), and taepyeongso (shawm), with jing (gong), jabara (cymbals), and yonggo (hangul: 용고; hanja: 龍鼓; drum painted with dragon designs and played with sticks).

This style of Korean military music is often used in the reenactment of the Guard Changing Ceremony at Seoul's Gyeongbok Palace.


Daechwita performance in Osaka, Japan

Chwi-ta (or choi-ta) is the name of the military music played in military processions and on such occasions as when the gates to military headquarters were opened or closed.

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