Picture of the day – Hanbok

HanBokThe Hanbok is a traditional Korean garment worn by men and women. It is a very colourful aspect of the Korean culture.  The Hanbok is also for children which consists of about two are three pieces. Children usually wear it for their first birthdays

A hanbok is worn at professional and informal events but the modern Hanbok is not very much like it was in the Joseon Dynasty as it went through many changes since that time.  The Hanbok is dated back to the time of the  Three Knigdoms which is around 57 B.C. – 668 A.D due to evidence given by the paintings of this garments on tombs.

In the early Joseon dynasty the Hanbok was a  baggy loose  like clothing but by the 16th century the jeogori was shortened to the waist and more fitting but not as fitting as the ones of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Hanbok word today is the same as the ones worn in the late 19th century although it has gone through many changed under many Joseon kings.

A traditional womens Hanbokk consists of a jeogori and  a chima and for the men it is a Jeogori and Baji. The Jeogori is an upper garment worn by men and women and covers the arms and upper body. The Jeogori consists of gilgitdongjeonggoreum and sleeves.

HanbokGil is the garment which is at the frontand back side and git is a the fabric that trims the collar. The  removable white collar placed over the end of the git is called Dongjeong. The goreum are coat-strings that tie the jeogori together. Some of the Women’s jeogori may have kkeutdong which is a different coloured cuff that is placed at the end of the sleeves.

The evidence of the jeogori has survived  and is dated back to the 1400-1450. Found by archaeologists on a Yangcheon Heo Clan tomb and another inside Buddha at Sangwonsa Temple which has been dated back to the 1460s.


The chima is the skirt part of the garment which is worn by women. The chima is also called sang or gun. The underskirt is called sokchima. The striped, patchwork skirts and gored skirts are known from  the Goguryeo period and in the Joseon dynasty The skirts were made from a rectangular cloth which was pleated or gathered into a skirt band.Sokchima was an over skirt until in the 20th century straps were added which then  developed into a sleeveless bodice

HanbokThe Baji is pants which is like the modern ones worn by men.  Po is an robe or overcoat worn by men since the Goryeo until the joseon period.

The Jokki and the magoja is also worn but these two pieces of garment were created after the Joseon Dynasty where western culture started to influence Korea. Both these garment’s are worn for warmth and style as the Jokki is a vest and the magoja is an outer jacket. The magoja is unisex and is made with silk and the buttons on the garment is usually made from amber.

Beautiful HanbokMany people wear headdresses with the hanbok. Looking at this garment makes me really want to try one on. I think they look so beautiful. Here are some more beautiful pictures I found of this amazingly beautiful Korean garment and there is also a youtube video which shows more images of this exotic culture. *_*


Pictures via wehearit


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