All Dressed Up for the Palace

While growing up, the only time I remember wearing the traditional Filipiniana dress of the Philippines was in a school event when I was in middle school.

With Korea's dramas, music and movies rising in popularity, Korea is becoming quite a vacation destination especially among Asian people. Korea is quite happy to share its culture by letting tourists have a chance to enjoy authentic cultural experiences. Visitors can easily find a hanbok rental shop and can find many cultural activities online.

Is this tradition connected to its environment? How?:

Hanbok itself is inspired by nature. Colors are selected in reference to naturally occurring colors in nature. Embroidered patterns also come from nature and have their own symbolism. For example, peonies on a wedding hanbok means a wish for honor and wealth, while bats or pomegranates showed a wish for children. The king would have a dragon pattern on his hanbok while the queen was represented by a phoenix. Tiger designs represented military officials, while a pure and resilient crane represented civil officials.

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea