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Discover a Korean cultural tradition to the Korean Cultural center from November 10th, 2016 till January 21th, 2017.

Hanbok in South Korea is the representative example of traditional Korean dress. It is characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Although the term literally means “Korean clothing”, hanbok usually refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period in the 14th century and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations. Korea had a dual clothing tradition in which rulers and aristocrats adopted different kinds of mixed foreign-influenced indigenous styles while commoners perserved a distinct style of indigenous clothing, today known as Hanbok. Since 1996 the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established the “Hanbok Day” to encourage South Korean citizens to wear hanbok, which is usually held in October. Even the current President of South Korea Park Geun-hye said in a message: “Thanks to Hanbok Day, I hope that Hanbok can receive more love from the people. I hope Korean culture, including Hanbok, can be promoted around the world.”


Traditionnal Hanbok wearers look at new Hanbok designs on display during Hanbok Day. (c)Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism.


The first ever exhibition of traditional Korean clothing, ‘Hanbok’, will be held in the Korean Cultural Center of Brussels. The Formal Hanbok Association of Korea will display more than a dozen colorful and beautiful traditional clothing. Various costume designs are presented as treasures reflecting Korean history as well as formal attires worn during the four family ceremonies in Korea: the coming-of-age ceremony, the wedding, the funeral, and the ancestral rite. All collections in this exhibition are fine quality costumes which are inspired by the last dynasty of Korea, Joseon. You will discover in this exhibition an essential part of traditional Korean fashion and way of life. During the opening ceremony, you will find real beauty through the performance of live mannequins wearing Hanbok. These models will be wandering around so that you will be able to admire the alluring look of costumes.

Olivier Bulto

Source: Korean Cultural Center.



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