Differences Between Korean And Japanese Culture Essay

1396 Words Nov 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Korean traditional dress named Hanbok was used to distinguish upper class from lower class in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). People at that time showed their social class by using different colors and embellishments of Hanbok to separate each other. Korean perspective of wearing Hanbok was not changed much even though Korea’s industrialization was quickly advanced in a short period of time. Intentional or not, people wearing different clothes distinguished between upper class and lower class. During the time of Japanese colonization (1910-1945), Korean upper class practically adopted the westernized dress while lower class still wore Hanbok as a daywear. During the Japanese colonialism, Korean people tend to imitate the fashion styles of the adjacent upper classes, and upper classes tend to seek new styles after being copied. Korean people today still prefer and wear the westernized fashion, and it is one of the reasons that Hanbok is not known well internationally and not familiarized today. Today, many Korean people don’t even wear Hanbok on the traditional holidays. The purpose of dressing Hanbok has changed over the time since Korean adopted the Westernized fashion because people now prefer wearing the westernized clothes in the system of Trickle down theory. People in the Joseon Dynasty wore Hanbok to distinguish the classes while people today only wear Hanbok on special occasions to stand out to value Korean culture. This paper analyzes and examines how the purpose of…

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