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Hanbok that we wear today is similar to what our ancestors wore during the Joseon Dynasty which lasted for about five centuries in the Korean peninsula. It was the last dynasty before the country started its modernization. Han in the word Hanbok refers to Korean people and their culture. The name of Hanbok was coined as western people began to visit the Joseon territory at the end of the 19th century. The op- posite of Hanbok is Yangbok, which means western clothes.
These days people believe that Han- bok only includes children’s Hanbok, women’s Hanbok, a wedding dress, king’s and queen’s costume, and gisaeng’s suit in particular. It is not counted as everyday’s casual wear any more.
Hanbok reflects oriental lifestyle, and its unique style of curvature displays elegance and comfort. Hanbok has put meaning in various ways. The Hanbok embroidery cherishes the wish for longevity, wealth, and prosperity of family members. It follows the pat- terns handed down from the past. There are important passage rites from birth to death. Hanbok was an indispensable item for these rites. At the first birthday called Dol, the baby wore a special costume and the whole village prayed for good health and for- tune. Several promising objects were displayed on the table for the baby to pick up, and they foretold what the baby would achieve in the future. At the coming of age celebration, boys and girls were allowed to wear clothes for adults and change their hairstyle. Es- pecially, at the wedding, both bride and groom wore beautiful and magnificent make-up and costume. It was a once- in-a-lifetime chance for commoners to wear the clothes only the noble could enjoy. The clothes worn by the bride’s parents were different from other events to add a special meaning to the wedding.
Recently, Hanbok has been estab- lished as a fashionable showing-off item on the SNS. As Hanbok becomes popular among young people, some middle and high schools are making a decision to choose Hanbok-style school uniforms. We think this policy will promote Hanbok more widely. Few people know the designation of Hanbok Day on October 21. The Korean gov- ernment has been celebrating the day on October 21 since 1996.
In Jeonju, there are many ways to enjoy wearing Hanbok. It is easy to borrow different kinds Hanbok for an hour or several hours at a cheap price. You can walk around the Hanok vil- lage and, of course, take some pictures to make your experience fixed in your memory. We guarantee that the back- drop in Jeonju Hanok village will blend perfectly with your Hanbok.
Just try a pair of Hanbok pants, and you will fall into comfortable snugness immediately.
by Lee Suyong & Kim Jieun, Reporters
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