Hanbok — Traditional Clothing of South Korea

In South Korea, the clothing industry takes up a significant position. People around the world are very obsessed with South Korean fashion. A great number of people follow the clothing trends of South Korea to show their fashion tastes. However, traditional clothing of South Korea also serves as a significant aspect of South Korean fashion and clothing industry

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The South Korea’s traditional clothing Hanbok is usually characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. In the modern world, hanbok often describes specifically to hanbok of Joseon period. In addition, it is usually worn as formal wear or semi-formal wear during celebrations, weddings, and festivals. The government of South Korea pays high attention to the inheritance of hanbok. In particular, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Korea had established ‘Hanbok day’ to encourage the Koreans to wear Hanbok in 1996.



Speaking of history of Hanbok, it is original affected by China’s traditional clothing in Tang dynasty. During the Tang dynasty, the relationship between Silla and Tang was very close. At that time, there was little difference between Silla clothing and Tang clothing. After the Silla period, Hanbok had changes. In particular, high-waisted skirts and Ru skirts could be frequently seen in woman clothing of Hanbok. In the early 1950s, western clothing was introduced in South Korea. Most Koreans thought that wearing Hanbok was very inconvenient and most Hanbok manufacturers had changed the designs