Men dressed in hanbok walk onto the stage to traditional Korean music mesmerizing the audience with the elegance of their clothes.
Designed by one of Korea’s best hanbok designers, Park Sul-nyeo (?ڼ??), these traditional Korean costumes are what seonbis, or Korean scholars, used to wear.
The fashion show is followed by a powerful traditional dance, Han-ryang mu, that satirically portrays noblemen wasting away their lives with women and alcohol.
Another performance was traditional storytelling known as pansori, where the vocalist narrates the story to a drum beat.
“Everything was amazingly attractive and amazingly interesting for me. As the new ambassador here, I am very fresh. I enjoyed a lot.”
This is all part of “Hello, Mr. K “, a series of traditional and contemporary music concerts for foreign residents in the country.
And for Wednesday’s concert, foreign journalists and ambassadors to Korea were invited.
“We offer customized programs depending on the audience. Our guests for this concert are journalists and ambassadors, so we provided them with elegant and traditional culture. We offer cultural contents like K-pop for our younger audiences who came to Korea to study the language.”
“The program is designed to not only help foreign residents in Korea gain a greater understanding of traditional culture, it is also the (government’s) first step toward organizing events like these in other countries around the world.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.”
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