SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – On September 20th, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria hosted a captivating hanbok fashion show at Sofia’s Central Military Club, the capital of Bulgaria, to celebrate and showcase the rich tapestry of traditional Korean culture. The runway finale was set to the soundtrack of Korea’s UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Arirang.
Interestingly, Bulgaria has historical ties with Korea, including an intriguing connection between the golden swords used in Silla during the ancient Three Kingdoms period and those found in Bulgaria. An example is the golden sword discovered near the royal tomb of Silla, which mirrors the Balkan golden sword. Notably, the unique Samtaegeuk pattern adds an extra layer of distinction to this connection.
The Central Military Club, where this remarkable hanbok fashion show took place, stands as a masterpiece of early 20th-century Bulgarian architecture. Designed in the Neo-Renaissance style and completed in 1907 by the talented Bulgarian architect Nikola Lazarov, it has earned renown as a venue for hosting a wide array of significant cultural events, including the World Chess Championship.
The fashion show itself was a harmonious collaboration between hanbok models from the Korean Hanbok Model Competition and their Bulgarian counterparts. This collaborative effort unveiled a splendid array of traditional and contemporary hanbok pieces, each carefully chosen to represent the multifaceted beauty and allure of Korea’s cultural heritage.
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