Hanbok Lifestyle Designated as the National Intangible Cultural Asset

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The cultural heritage administration announced that “Hanbok Lifestyle” has been designated as a new national intangible cultural asset. “Hanbok Lifestyle” refers to basically everything you can do, such as rituals, customs, games, etc, while wearing a hanbok.

The hanbok lifestyle has been continued in various forms throughout the long history of tradition, representing the identity and value of Korea. 

It is known that the term ‘hanbok’ was used to distinguish Korean clothes from suits that were introduced into Western culture after the opening of the port (1876), but it is difficult to specify exactly when and who first used the word.

It has been confirmed that the hanbok was worn in ancient times through related relics and records such as murals of Goguryeo tombs, Silla tombs, and Chinese librarians. The Three Kingdoms period was the period in which the basic structure of the national costumes consisted of pants + jeogori (Korean traditional jacket) for men and skirt + jeogori for women, and it established the archetype of Korean clothing in the Joseon Dynasty as it changed and developed based on our own costume culture.

Hanbok is Korea’s unique clothing that contains the style and spirit of Korean people, including ideas, customs, actions, and techniques. Koreans only wore hanbok before Western-style clothes arrived in the Japanese colonial era. 

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