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Hallyu & Hanbok: Traditional Korean Attire in Pop Culture

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Hallyu & Hanbok: Traditional Korean Attire in Pop Culture, a special lecture program in partnership with the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum that will explore the unique characteristics of Hanbok and the process of designing and including these traditional fashions in Korean television dramas, a major component of the global pop culture phenomenon known as Hallyu.


This is the first event in the Korean Cultural Center’s new K-lecture Series, which aims to enhance awareness and understanding of Korean culture and society among the American public. The event is also sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and the Hanbok Advancement Center.  


Hallyu & Hanbok will welcome three Hanbok specialists from Seoul, Korea: Lee Minjung, Hwang Suntae, and Um Jungok. The presenters will take an in-depth look at the  traditional Korean clothing and demonstrate how to wear two iconic outerwear pieces of the noble class from Korea’s ancient Joseon Dynasty: the Dopo (gentleman’s over coat) and Jang-ot (lady’s veil).   


The event will take place at the Textile Museum on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m., immediately following a reception with light Korean fare at 6:30 p.m.


Hanbok has become increasingly popular worldwide as its beauty and elegance has been recognized beyond Korea. The traditional attire has been a treasured part of Korean society for more than 1,600 years, and for the people of Korea, represents a part of the country’s national history and cultural heritage carefully handed down over the generations as both art and craft. In this event, the distinct charm and creative possibilities of Hanbok will be on full display for all to enjoy.


Admission is free, but registration is required (below).


WHAT: Lecture, demonstration, and public reception

WHEN: Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. (reception at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE: The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum

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