Korean hanbok lifestyle named national intangible cultural heritage

South Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) has designated the wearing of hanbok, a traditional Korean outfit, and the cultural conduct associated with it, as a national intangible cultural heritage.

Worn during rituals, ceremonies and recreational events, the hanbok embodies South Korean identity and values, while hanbok lifestyle refers to a series of cultural practices – ranging from making the clothes and wearing them to the specific etiquette for its use.

Dressing up in hanbok while touring heritage locations around South Korea is a popular activity among tourists

Ancient relics and records, dating back to 57BC, show people on the Korean Peninsula had already been wearing hanbok.

CHA said in a release: “(Hanbok) has been passed down through generations in the country for such a long period; there are historical relics and documents proving this; studies of the attire abound in a variety of fields including its history, aesthetics, design, technique, marketing and education; the clothes are still worn in important family and ritual events; and traditional knowledge on hanbok lifestyle has lived on.”

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