Hanbok is a part of Korean history and cultural heritage that has been a treasured for more than 1,600 years. However, nowadays Korean only wear this traditional costume during certain festivals, anniversaries, weddings, religious occasions.
Although it’s rare to see people wearing Hanbok on the street, but you can still see ethnics minority such as Chunghak-dong on Mount Jirisan wearing it in their daily lives. Royal Guards and some tour guides in palaces or other cultural sites wearing Hanbok as their attires. In Saeguk (historical) dramas and movies, actors are dressed in hanbok all the time. And sometimes fusion inspired hanbok dresses can be seen in dramas and performances too.
Female hanbok is basically composed of jacket (저고리 = jeogori) to cover upper body, and skirt (치마 = chima) to concentrate on lower body. Male hanbok consists of pants (바지 = baji), jacket (저고리 = jeogori), vest (조끼= jokki), outer jacket (마고자 = makoja). Hanbok covers almost the whole body except for head, hands and feet.
Though Hanbok cutting is much on straight lines with gentle curved on sleeves, but the harmonize combination of short jacket (Jeogori) and wide pleated bell-shaped skirt (Chima) brings out the gracefulness of the wearer’s body shape. Hanbok has high placement of the waistband to give a billowy look of flowing lines while retaining an airy voluminous of the skirt that allowing freedom of movements.
On top of basic features, hanboks have other features like appearance, cutting, decoration, color and design changed over different dynasties. They were also vary based on political position, social status, occupation, and season. For instance, dragon embroideries only be used by kings and phoenix for queen.
Hanbok of Giseang (female entertainers) mostly in attractive bright color
with translucent fabric for jeogori and silk material for chima.
it has underbust bodice belt (black color long cloth with flowers embroidery),
and decorated with traditional ornament norigae (노리개) on it.
They also wear pretty hair wig (가채 = Gachae) with Binyeo and Dwikko as accessories
When going outside, they put on an umbrella-shaped hat (전모 = Jeonmo) made of bamboo
and paper or cloth and sometimes cover their faces with veil.
East meets West Fusion Hanbok
Fusion hanbok is created to adapt the changing lifestyles and incorporated with Westernized style.
Hanbok designers creating more appealing and creative hanbok to capture youngsters’ fashion-styles.
Vintage corset with adjustable ribbon tie-up at the back
turned this chima to sexy dress without jeogori.
Chima nicely matched with Fur Bolero (볼레로)
Jeogori without ribbon or coat strings (고름 = goreum)
Gugak Family from Fantastick Show wearing fanciful fusion dress hanbok with spaghetti straps
and knee-length chima. (Photo credit to miceseoul.com)
Do you like Hanbok? Which style you prefer? Feminine with Jeogori? Gorgeous with Fur Bolero?
Elegance in Chima? Knee-length hanbok? or Traditional Hanbok?
Thanks to Korean Wave (Hallyu) and Korea Tourism’s effort in introducing Korean Culture to the world. Therefore, this beauty of Korea Hanbok gained much interest and popularity to younger generations and foreigners too.
full set of Hanbok at Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, Gwangjang Market that cost about $200. Tailor made hanbok can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars. taking session, you can also rent it.
Please click on the link for the address and directions. Do take note on the Operating hours, and if possible call to make appointment first to avoid disappointment.
(Free Hanbok Experience - hanbok booth closed as we didn’t take not on operating hour)
(Free Hanbok Experience -reservation is needed)
Traditional Korean Cultural Experience Zone @ Incheon International Airport (Antler, 3F)
(Rental Cost 3,300 Won for 30 minutes with pretty Unhyeongung as background)
(Studio is decorated with 8 Korean Traditional backgrounds. Rental cost depends on the costume,
make up and hair-setting. Please check the link for more information).
MoRanBaePil Fusion Hanbok
(Custom-made fine fusion hanbok to suit your style or rental of ready-made hanbok)
(Do check out KTO office in your country, they might have Free Hanbok Experience
and other Cultural Experience Programs available too ^^)
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