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 was poor but generous. One day, Heungbu found a sparrow with a broken leg. He helped the bird and took it to his house. The bird got better and flew away. Later the sparrow brought three gourd seeds to Heungbu. The gourd became so big. When Heungbo cut it open a lot go gold coins came out. Nolbu heard the story and he also wanted the gold coins. He found a sparrow and broke its leg.The poor bird ran away and later brought 3 gourd seeds. The seeds grew and Nolbu cut them open. Suddenly the devils came out and started beating Nolbu. Nolbu learned a lesson that he shouldn’t be greedy.
Korean Short Story II: Small nose and huge mouth 코작은 할아버지와 입 큰 할머니
Once upon a time, there was an old couple who have problems with their appearance. The man has got a small nose, woman has got a huge mouth. Someday, their neighbor invited them to have dinner. They really wanted to go and have a good time with neighbors but they were nervous what they show their face. they got good idea. He made fake nose by candle, she sewed her mouth. in the party, they talked near the stove. Then his nose began to melt. His wife laughed to see him and her mouth became huge. they were nervous and put they heads down. The neighbor said appearance is not important, we like you because you are so kind. Since then they didn’t care so much about their face and lived happily after.
Korean Short Story III: Three years hill. 삼년고개
Once upon a time, there was a hill called 3 years hill in a small village. If someone fall down on this hill he could only live 3 years. One day, an old man was climbing up the hill and he saw a rabbit.He ran after the rabbit and he fell down.He got sick because he thought he could only live 3 years. One day a little boy told him ” don’t worry too much, because if you fall down the hill, you can live 3 years but if you fall down 2 times, you can live 6 years. “The old man went to the hill and just enjoyed climbing the hill. He fell many times but he was not worried.Since then, he got cured and lived happily after. We should not worry about making small mistakes.
Other Korean folktales for kids
Korean Short Story IV: Magic Fan 요술부채
Korean Short Story V: Frogs do not think 개구리 올챙이적 생각을 못한다
Korean Short Story VI: Giant Pot 솥 안에 든 거인
Korean Short Story VII: Red Flower 백일홍
Korean Short Story VIII: Bari 바리공주
Korean Short Story IX: Dogs and Cats 개와 고양이
Korean Short Story X: Bugaboo and Hazelnuts 도깨비와 개암
Korean Short Story XI: Ungrateful Tiger 호랑이와 곶감
Korean Short Story XII: Moon Rabbit 토끼와 자라