Meet the Traditional Dress of Korea: An Introduction to Korean Hanbok

If you were to go back in time and visit Korea, you may find that this traditional Korean costume is still very much alive. In this blog post we will explore the traditional dress of Korea: Korean Hanbok. We’ll talk about what it is, how to wear it and how to enjoy different styles of hanbok.

Hanbok refers to the traditional clothes of Korea, which typically consists of a jeogori (top) and chima (skirt) for women. There are many variations on this basic fashion, with some regions or people creating different styles that reflect their culture and customs, but the basic structure stays the same, which is a set of jeogori and chima.
Traditionally, there are several inner wearings that should be put on when wearing Hanbok. But these days, many people omit the process of putting on those parts and just wear 1 underdress and jegori (top) and chima (skirt).

How to wear Hanbok:

  • Put on inner wearings
  • Wear chima and then jeogori
  • Ribbon the jeogori and make the loop head for your right chest.
  • Adjust the vibrating line between the chest and the shoulder that rises bulging. Then the jegori will stick to the body.

Unlike Western clothes, hanbok is a flat pattern making, so you need to adjust the way you dress to make it look good.

In the past, people wore hanbok everyday, but nowadays, people usually wear it on special occasions.
Even though people wear hanbok less frequently, the number of styles keep getting more and more varied. And in younger generations, wearing hanbok becomes one of things to enjoy. If you visit traditional places in Korea, you can easily find rental shops that contain traditional habok to modern styles of hanbok.

If you’re planning to travel to Korea, we highly recommend renting a hanbok that suits your taste and strolling around the Historic Area of Korea. It will be an unforgettable experience in a new place!

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