Friday, February 1, 2013

Asian Eyes' Korea - Hanbok session

A lady in Hanbok looks
             Day 4: Nov/20/2012, 11 am: After our session in Kimchi making, we made a beeline to another floor within the Kimchi school to try out Korea traditional dress called "Hanbok". The fee for this session was part included in the package. Hanbok is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Although the term literally means "Korean clothing", hanbok today often refers specifically to Hanbok of Joseon Dynasty and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations. The modern Hanbok does not exactly follow the actual style as worn in Joseon dynasty since it went through some major changes during the 20th century for practical reasons. Throughout history, Korea had a dual clothing tradition, in which rulers and aristocrats adopted different kinds of mixed foreign-influenced indigenous styles, while the commoners continued to use a distinct style of indigenous clothing that today is known as Hanbok.
       Traditional women's Hanbok consists of Jeogori, a blouse shirt or a jacket and Chima, a wrap-around skirt, which is usually worn full. The ensemble is often called Chima Jeogori. Men's Hanbok consists of Jeogori and Baji which means pants in Korea. The Baji were baggy pants in traditional men's Hanbok. Due to limited time, we were only give 1 set of Hanbok per person to try out for fun and to take photography for memory. Irrespective of that we had a good laugh at each other in those Korea traditional outfit. At times, other tourists mistaken us to be Korean guides and asked to have pictures taken with them as well. We just laughed and obliged. 
        Here are some pictures we took trying out traditional dress Hanbok in Seoul:
Korean traditional dress, Hanbok, all hang up to be worn for 15 minutes by tourist for photography session.
Middle M took a picture for remembrance
Little M looks smart in his Hanbok against a peacock motive background.
One for the family in Korean Hanbok.
Big M looks scholarly in his Hanbok against Kimchi's earthen jars.
Little M  in his Little Emperor's Hanbok against mountains and cloud background.
Tourists taking picture in their Hanbok. However each person can only put on one 1 set of Hanbok only.
Mummy M and Little M pose in their respective Hanbok dresses.
Sheryl looks demure in her blue and purplish Hanbok. 
Mummy M in a purple and bluish Hanbok, looks decent enough to pass off as a Korean lady.

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