Traditional Korean music is rife with historical sentiment, typifying the suffering Koreans endured, and has had a great influence on Korean popular music. As a result of unceasing efforts to renew traditional Korean music, fusion art groups performing fusion music as well as classical Korean music have recently emerged. Many have attempted to integrate traditional style together with modern music. Such examples can be traced to the recent popularity of combining traditional music with B-boy technique. These initiatives have been successful, and traditional Korean music is fulfilling its role as a cultural code of Han Style today.
Traditional Korean music enjoyed by the royal families or nobility was quite different from that favored by the peasantry. While music preferred by noblemen eluded a sense of calm and elegance, peasants were fond of upbeat music with quicker rhythms, reminiscent of songs chanted while working. However, the most popular traditional music, such as the very famous Arirang, is sentimental and has a slow rhythm, symbolic of Korea 's sad, traumatic history.