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Sanullim (산울림)
Origin Seoul
Genres Rock, Gayo, Psychedelic rock
Years active 1971–2008
Labels Seorabeol Record,
LOEN Entertainment (formerly YBM Seoul Records)
Past members Kim Chang-wan (김창완)
Kim Chang-hoon (김창훈)
Kim Chang-ik (김창익)

Sanullim (산울림, 1971~2008), also spelled Sanulrim, is a South Korean power trio rock band. The name of the band is the combination of words, "san" (산, mountain) and "ullim" (울림, echo). The band is considered to be one of the most influential figures in Korean rock music. Their musical experiments varied from songs for children to progressive/psychedelic rock.

Sanullim broke up after the death of the drummer, Kim Chang-ik (김창익), in 2008.


The three members of Sanulrim are brothers, not unlike the bands Gentle Giant and the Bee Gees. They were Kim Chang-wan (김창완, 1954-), Kim Chang-hoon (김창훈, 1956-), Kim Chang-ik (김창익, 1958-2008).

The band, formed when the three were university students, was initially called 무이 (Mui) and was never meant to be professional. Kim Chang-hoon's other college band, named "Sand Pebbles," won the MBC College K-pop Festival with their song, "나 어떡해 (What Shall I Do)". Mui was initially nominated to win with their song, "문좀 열어줘 (Please Open the Door)" but was not qualified because Kim Chang-wan had already graduated from the university.[1]

Gaining confidence, the band looked for a music agency and changed the name of the band into 'Sanulrim' by their new manager's demand.

The band released their first album in December 1977. The album largely impacted the Korean music scene and became both critically and commercially successful. The album, entitled vol.1 아니벌써 (vol.1 What, Already?) brought new type of music which Koreans had never heard before. People were absorbed with the psychedelic/hard rock sound the band produced. Sanulrim's appearance in the music scene was also dramatic and significant because they vitalized the Korean music scene, which was currently devastated after several major musicians were arrested for marijuana possession around the middle of 1970's.[2]

During 1977-1984, they released 10 or more albums and helped other musicians. With the K-pop retrospective boom during the 1990s, all of their the albums were reissued and a tribute album was released. Sanulrim performed in Seoul on July 5, 2007 and July 6, 2007 for their 30th anniversary and planned to release a vol. 14 album within the same year.

On January 29, 2008, drummer Kim Chang-ik was killed in a traffic accident while driving a forklift during heavy snow in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[3][4] Kim Chang-wan announced the end of the band after his brother's death.

After the breakup, Kim Chang-wan has been actively performing as a musician, actor, writer and broadcast celebrity. He was one of the antagonists in the hit South Korean medical drama White Tower, and had a supporting role in the romantic comedy Coffee Prince. Kim Chang-hoon resides in Los Angeles with his family.[3]


As Year Volume Album Title
SanUlRim December 1977 Vol.1 아니벌써 (ANiBeolSseo; What, Already?)
SanUlRim May 1978 Vol.2 내 마음에 주단을 깔고 (Nae MaEumE JuDanEul GgalGo; As Laying Carpet on My Mind)
SanUlRim November 1978 Vol.3 내 마음/그대는 이미 나 (Nae MaEum; My Heart/You're already me)
SanUlRim 1979 Vol.1 동요선물 1집 (DongYoSeonMul 1Jip; Songs for Kids vol.1)
SanUlRim April 1979 Vol.4 특급열차/우리 강산 (TeukGeupYeolCha/URi GangSan; Express Train/Our Country)
SanUlRim September 1979 Vol.5 한낮의 모래시게/이렇게 갑자기 (HanNatEui MoRaeSiGye/IReohGe GabJaGi; Hourglass at Noon/Suddenly)
SanUlRim May 1980 Vol.6 조금만 기다려요/못잊어/어느 비 내리던 날 (JoGeumMan GiDaRyeoYo/MotItEo/EoNeu Bi NaeRiDeon Nal; Wait a Minute, please./Can't Forget/A Rainy Day)
NoGoJiRi 1979 조용한 방/오두막/찻잔 (JoYongHan Bang/ODuMak/ChatJan; Quiet Room/Cabin/Tea Cup)
SanUlRim 1979 Vol.2 동요선물 2집 (DongYoSeonMul 2Jip; Songs for Kids vol.2)
SanUlRim August 1981 Vol.7 가지 마오/하얀 달/청춘 (GaJi MaO/HaYan Dal/CheongChun; Don't Go/White Moon/Youth Days)
SanUlRim 1982 Vol.3 동요선물 3집 (DongYoSeonMul 3Jip; Songs for Kids vol.3)
SanUlRim March 1982 Vol.8 새야 날아/내게 사랑은 너무 써 (SaeYa NalA/NaeGe SaRAngEun NeoMu Sseo; Fly Bird!/Love is too bitter for me)
SanUlRim January 1983 Vol.9 웃는 모습으로 간직하고 싶어/멀어져간 여자 (UtNeun MoSeupEuRo GanJikHaGoSipEo/MeolEoJyeoGan YeoJa; I wanna take your smile/She's gone)
KimChangWan October 1983 기타가 있는 수필 (GiTaGa ItNeun SuPil; An Article with Guitar)
SanUlRim December 1984 Vol.4 동심의 노래 - 동요선물 4집 (DongSimEui NoRae - DongYoSeonMul 4Jip; Songs for Kids vol.4
SanUlRim July 1984 Vol.10 너의 의미/지금 나보다/꿈이야 생각하며 잊어줘 (NeoEui EuiMi/JiGeum NaBoDa/GgumIYa SaengGakHaMyeo ItEoJueo; Meaning of You/More than me/Please forget as a dream)
SanUlRim September 1986 Vol.11 그대 떠나는 날에 비가 오는가/슬픈 장난감 (GeuDae DdeoNaNeunNal BiGa ONeunGa/SeulPeun JangNanGam; When you go away, the rain falls?/Sad Toy)
SanUlRim 1991 Vol.12 Adagio
KimChangHun 1992 착각 (ChakGak; Delusion)
KimChangWan 1985 Postscript
SanUlRim 1997 전집 (JeonJip; Complete Regular Recording 77-96[8CD]
SanUlRim 1997 Vol.13 무지개 (MuJiGae; Rainbow)
Various Artists 1999 77 99 22(A Tribute to SanUlRim[2CD])
KimChangWan 2001 Cadeau De Papa-아빠의 선물 (ABbaEui SeonMul; Present from Fa)
SanUlLim 2005 청춘, 위로, 추억 (CheongChun, WiRo, ChuEok; 3CD Best)
SanUlLim 2008 The Story of Sanullim (17-CD Box Set)
KimChangWan Band 2008 The Happiest

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rocking 70's-Resurrection of Korean Rock". Arirang News. January 20, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sanullim (산울림)". KBS World. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kwon, Mee-yoo (January 30, 2008). "Rocker Brothers' Youngest Passes Away in Canada". The Korea Times. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Park, Min-young (March 17, 2011). "Kim quick to lead charity concerts". The Korea Herald. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 

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