Korean traditional coming-of-age ceremony


About 100 Korean young men and women took part in a traditional coming-of-age ceremony on Monday to celebrate becoming adults.

The ceremony, conducted in an orthodox Confucian style, was held at Hanok (traditional Korean house) Village at the foot of Mt. Namsan in Jung-gu, Seoul.


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Korean traditional coming-of-age ceremony

Participants, including 10 people either physically disabled or from multi-ethnic families, solemnly carried out the coming-of-age ritual in four parts. The ceremony was the 46th of its kind replicating the event from earlier times.

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Korean traditional coming-of-age ceremony

Some of those taking part needed guidance on how to put on traditional Korean clothes “hanbok,” brides’ headpieces and broad-brimmed hats called “got.”

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According to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, more than 650,000 people born in 1997 became adults this year ― down from more than 700,000 in 2013.

Source: THE KOREA TIMES

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