Daegeum is Korean large transverse bamboo flute with a distinctive sound, widely used in Korean music. The Daegeum is about 31 inches (80 cm) long. It has a mouthpiece opening
and six finger holes, as well as two to five open holes(tuning holes) toward the end. A special aperture covered with a reed membrane gives the instrument its characteristic sound. The Daegeum is used as an ensemble or solo instrument in a broad range of genres, from court music to shaman and folk music.
According to Korean folklore, the daegeum is said to have been invented when King Sinmun of Silla was informed by Park Suk Jung, his caretaker of the ocean (海官) in 618 that a small island was floating toward a Buddhist temple in the East Sea. The king ordered his caretaker of the sun to test whether this was good luck. The caretaker replied that a dead king who turned into a sea dragon, and two great warriors are giving a gift to protect Silla, and if the king would visit the sea, he would receive a priceless gift. The king soon sent a person to look for the gift. The person replied that a bamboo tree on the top of the island becomes two in the morning and one in the night. On the next day, the world shook and it rained and wind blew, and the world was thrown into darkness for a week. When the king went to the island himself, a dragon appeared and told him that if the bamboo on the top of the island was cut down, made into a flute, and blown, the country would be peaceful. The king cut down the tree, and the flute made from the bamboo was called Man Pa Sik Juk (萬波息笛)