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Senior citizen group hosts hanbok fashion show to bring harmony to society

Nov. 10, 2019 - 17:38 By Park Han-na
The Korea Senior Star Association, a civic group for senior citizens, hosted a fashion show Saturday to promote the beauty of the Korean traditional costume, hanbok, and break down the barriers that divide generations.

Around 1,000 people attended the event, titled “Our Beautiful Costume Hanbok That Moves Forward Into the Future,” held at Namsangol Hanok Village, a collection of five Korean traditional houses at the foot of Namsan’s north side. 

Models walk the runway finale at a hanbok show, organized by Korea Senior Star Association, at Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul, Saturday. (Korea Senior Star Association)

“We hope this event helps to create harmony among generations and allows foreigners who visit this village to get closer to the Korean culture with seniors, who took a leading role in the show to promote hanbok and Korean dance at this cultural and traditional venue,” said Chang Ki-bong, art director at the Korea Senior Star Association.

Models of various ages, from children to seniors, hit the runway in hanbok by designer Lee Bok-sil. The group also invited children from multicultural families to take part in the spirit of diversity and inclusion.

Before the main hanbok show, artists performed a pansori, a traditional form of musical storytelling, and a taepyeongmu, a traditional dance to wish for great peace for the country.

Chang said the group plans to hold the show every year. It also plans to hold another fashion show in Japan that will feature hanbok and traditional Japanese clothing, the kimono, as a form of cultural exchange.