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Gisaeng

Gisaeng art by Dean Holdeen

Gisaeng ( also kisaeng) were artists who worked to entertain others, such as the yangbans and kings. They were also courtesans, providing sexual services. First appearing in Goryeo, gisaeng were government's legal entertainers, required to perform various functions for the state. Many were employed at court, but they were also spread throughout the country. They were carefully trained and frequently accomplished in the fine arts, poetry, and prose, although their talents were often ignored due to their inferior social status. Aside from entertainment, these roles included medical care and needlework.[1]

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