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Seoul Offers Discounts to “Hanbok” Wearers

Seoul Offers Discounts to “Hanbok” Wearers

SEOUL, May 2 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Tuesday that it is offering 50 percent discounts to audience members wearing hanbok, Korean traditional attire, for 19 performances taking place at four of the city’s performance venues – the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater, Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, and [...]

LGBT Activists Walk Seoul Streets in Traditional Attire of Opposite Sex

LGBT Activists Walk Seoul Streets in Traditional Attire of Opposite Sex

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – A handful of LGBT activists marched through Insa-dong, central Seoul, on Thursday at noon. But unlike usual LGBT parades and assemblies, they held no pickets, nor did they scream for equal rights. Instead, they wore hanbok, Korea’s traditional clothing, although for members of the opposite sex.  The march was [...]

Korean Traditional Apparel Festival Takes off in Seoul

Korean Traditional Apparel Festival Takes off in Seoul

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The 2016 Jongno Hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) Festival took off Friday for a three-day run in Jongno, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the heart of Seoul.  Organized by the Jongno Foundation for Arts & Culture, various events will be taking place including traditional performances, a fashion show, parades, [...]

Civic Group Launches Campaign to Bring ‘Hanbok’ into Daily Life

Civic Group Launches Campaign to Bring ‘Hanbok’ into Daily Life

SEOUL, July 5 (Korea Bizwire) – A local civic group launched a campaign to incorporate “hanbok” into daily life Tuesday, proposing that the traditional Korean attire be worn to schools and workplaces once every month.  The nongovernmental organization Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) said it will start sending emails to schools and companies to [...]

Two Royal Palaces to Open at Night, Free for Visitors in ‘Hanbok’

Two Royal Palaces to Open at Night, Free for Visitors in ‘Hanbok’

SEOUL, April 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Any visitor wearing hanbok or Korean traditional attire will be admitted for free at two royal palaces in Seoul which will open to the public at night late this month, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Thursday. The administration said that the night viewing of Gyeongbok and Changgyeong palaces of the Joseon Dynasty [...]

Monsieur ‘Enfant Terrible’ Ready to Pull some Korean Legs

Monsieur ‘Enfant Terrible’ Ready to Pull some Korean Legs

SEOUL, March 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Rebellious haute couture maestro Jean Paul Gaultier struck Korean fashion lovers with awe when his variation of women’s hanbok, a traditional Korean outfit, was unveiled in the media event of his latest exhibition here on Friday. The 64-year-old “enfant terrible” considered the upcoming exhibition at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza as a creation [...]

Foreigners in South Korea Most Interested in Street Food

Foreigners in South Korea Most Interested in Street Food

SEOUL, March 22 (Korea Bizwire) – For foreigners visiting South Korea, museums and ancient palace tours are not the most intriguing cultural experiences. Street food was top on their travel lists, a survey showed Tuesday.’ According to the online poll by the state-run Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) on 4,369 foreigners, 54.2 percent said they want to [...]

Time-Honored Hanbok Attire in Vogue among Young S. Koreans

Time-Honored Hanbok Attire in Vogue among Young S. Koreans

SEOUL, March 22 (Korea Bizwire) – For many years, “traditional” has been a euphemism for “dull” for young South Koreans. But lately there seems one exception: hanbok, or Korean traditional attire. On Thursday’s quaint cobblestones of Gyeongbok Palace, the largest royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), a throwback to an ancient era is on [...]