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Fascinating Hanbok Costuming

Updated on October 24, 2013

All About Hanbok Costuming

Hanbok, the traditional Korean national costume, has its roots dated way back in the Joseon Dynasty. It mainly represents one of the most important aspects of Korean culture. It is composed of a bolero style blouse (jeogori), long skirt (chima) and uniquely proportioned.

As well as its beauty is enhanced by its practical design combined with the intricate embroidery designs and made by natural fibers. The clothing itself is versatile with its unique features perfectly for special occasion, cold climate, hunting and other outdoor activities. It is similar to the Japanese kimono without an obi as an accessories.

For those who are interested in Oriental type of clothing for fashion or costuming, it is definitely worth your time to learn about these fascinating Korean Hanbok.

Women in Hanbok

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Ladies in HanbokLady wearing a color yellow and red Hanbok dress.Korean dancer wearing a hanbok.Local Korean cultural students wearing Hanboks in their dance performance.Song Hye Kyo, popular Korean actress wearing a typical Hanbok Dress.
Ladies in Hanbok
Ladies in Hanbok
Lady wearing a color yellow and red Hanbok dress.
Lady wearing a color yellow and red Hanbok dress.
Korean dancer wearing a hanbok.
Korean dancer wearing a hanbok.
Local Korean cultural students wearing Hanboks in their dance performance.
Local Korean cultural students wearing Hanboks in their dance performance.
Song Hye Kyo, popular Korean actress wearing a typical Hanbok Dress.
Song Hye Kyo, popular Korean actress wearing a typical Hanbok Dress.

Learning About Hanbok

Like any fashion, Hanbok designs underwent many changes all throughout Korea's turbulent history. Hanbok's form, materials and designs provide a glimpse into Korean lifestyle, its colors indicate the values and world view of the Korean people.

The term "Hanbok" are traditional Korean clothing and adornments, comes from the abbreviated of the term Han-guk pokshik meaning Korean attire. Its another interesting feature is the old-age tradition of using symbolic purposes.

Color Symbolizes

♦ White colored Hanboks wore by the peasants and commoners except during festivals and special occasions like weddings.

♦Bright colored dresses wore by upper classes that indicate the wearer's social status.

♦Yellow and red color combination dresses wore by unmarried woman.

♦Pink garment supposed to wore by the bride's mother.

♦Blue colored garment often wore by the groom's mother.

Women's wore a top long blouse-like (jeogori) with long sleeves while the men wear much longer and stretchable down to the waist. Various accessories such as foot gear, jewelry, and headdresses or hair pins completed the outfit. Noticeable, the women wear skirts (chima) while men wear baggy pants (paji) and overcoat (durumagi).

Men in Hanbok

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A typical Men's hanbokA local gathering in Gangneung city councilmen wearing white hanboks.Two old men in Andong wearing hanbokA photo of an old man sitting in Gyeongju, Korea.
A typical Men's hanbok
A typical Men's hanbok
A local gathering in Gangneung city councilmen wearing white hanboks.
A local gathering in Gangneung city councilmen wearing white hanboks.
Two old men in Andong wearing hanbok
Two old men in Andong wearing hanbok
A photo of an old man sitting in Gyeongju, Korea.
A photo of an old man sitting in Gyeongju, Korea.

Head Gear and Accessories worn with Hanbok

Various accessories such as foot gear, jewelry, and headdresses or hair pins completed the outfit.

Samo

- A hat worn together with a robe (dalleyong) by officials as everyday clothes.

Gat

- A type of hat worn by men in the Joseon Dynasty. It was worn with a gown (po) by officials outside their homes.

Nambawi

- A winter cap worn by both men and women to cover the forehead, upper neck, and ears. Also called pungdaengi.

Bokgeon

- A type of hat worn by men in the Joseon Dynasty. It was worn with po by officials outside their homes.

Hogeon

- Headgear worn by boys in the late Joseon Dynasty and the period of modernization. It is similar to bokgeon, but the crown of the head is open and patterns of ears, eyes, and beards are embroidered to show a tiger design. It was usually worn with obangjang durumagi, jeonbok, or sagyusam.

Jokduri

- A type of crown worn by women to complete a ceremonial dress. It was usually worn together with wonsam (a bride's long overcoat). Hard paper and cotton filling are covered with silk, and a cloisonne ornament is placed on the top.

Hwagwan

- A crown worn by women to complete a ceremonial dress.

Jobawi

- A winter cap for women. It is open on the top, and its sides are rounded to fully cover the ears. It was generally made in black silk with tassels hanging on the front and back.

Kids in Hanbok

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      meetbrij 

      5 years ago

      You can view this amazing collection of hanbok designs below on the korea guide website.

      http://www.thekoreaguide.com/2012/05/31/55-inspiri...

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      oegukeen lm 

      5 years ago

      I love Hanboks. Sometimes they have unusual color combinations but most of the time they are stunning.

      Since I have a Korean boyfriend, I will probably end up having one someday. :)

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      CCGAL 

      5 years ago

      I had seen Hanbok once, on a video that was shot in Korea, but I did not know what it was called, or that there were so many lovely variations. This was fun for me, and I did learn quite a bit from my visit. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      David Gardner 

      6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Interesting! Because most of my interest has been with Japan, I wasn't as familiar with Korean Hanbok. I was more familiar with Japanese kimono and their uniforms for martial arts -- such as judo, kendo, iado, karate, and ninjitsu. Nice lens! Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      I learned a lot! This is a wonderful lens, Naiza. I think the Hanbok Costume is really beautiful!

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      stefanruse 

      6 years ago

      Great Fascinating Hanbok Costume Lens. Great Job.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful ! Best wishes :)

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      YHONG04 

      6 years ago

      Cute dresses only in Korea.

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      ananimoss2 

      6 years ago

      nice work. dresses got much cheaper!

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      scar4 

      7 years ago

      I love your pictures, so pretty!

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      LouisaDembul 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful dresses, nicely presented!

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      irenemaria 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Oh, I love these colours! Lovely lens about something I did not know at all

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      howtocurecancer 

      7 years ago

      The Korean tradition is very strong. Even the children wear hanbok.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      where to get a gat?

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Wow, that is an amazing national costume! I love how colourful it is. It's wonderful when a country takes a pride in its traditions and national dress.

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