Turquoise, Red, Orange and Blue – the colors of celebration – a photo Journal.

Turquoise, Red, Orange and blue are the colors of the Jeonju Temple gate. Dramatic, stimulating colors that stir the heart and the designs capture the imagination. Jeonju, famous among Koreans as a town of culture and cuisine, cultural and artistic tradition emanates from every corner of the city.Jeonju possesses a rich history. This area is the origin of the Joseon Dynasty’s family Yi, ruling family of the Dynasty.

Every one was out in their finery yesterday. Young men, women and children. beautiful gardens, cameras on sticks for selfies and the inevitable sneakers on feet.

The sun shone and we exchanged pleasantries with a lot of passers by. I loved the costumes of the young and everyone loved their photos being taken.

These images were taken of a group of young girls as we sat in a very traditional restaurant listening to melodic German Music and eating and drinking traditional food.

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Hanbok (South Korea) or Chosŏn-ot (North Korea) is the traditional Korean dress. It is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Although the term literally means “Korean clothing”, hanbok today often refers specifically to hanbok of the Joseon (Chosŏn) period and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations.  Throughout history, Korea had a dual clothing tradition, in which rulers and aristocrats adopted different kinds of mixed foreign-influenced indigenous styles, while the commoners continued to use a distinct style of indigenous clothing that today is known as Hanbok.

The fans come in every shape and color, and one of the reasons we have come down to Jeonju is for the Hanji Festival. Sister Jan is a Hanji Artist. An Artist who creates beautiful objects from Paper. Jeonju is also famous for elegant fans and Korean traditional mulberry paper, hanji, which has greatly contributed to the development of traditional Oriental paintings and calligraphy. The hanji produced during the Joseon Era was so valued that it was exported in large quantities to China. Jeonju is a city of art and culture, featuring a wide variety of cultural events, both ancient and modern, ranging from the International Film Festival, the Paper Festival, the International Sori (sound) Festival, to the International Calligraphy Biennale.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lou Ann Schlichter says:

    Love those parasol hats! Thanks for letting me travel the world with you without a passport!

  2. Robin Love Lehr says:

    Enjoying your Korean pics. Our youngest was adopted from there 27 yrs. ago. Had a picture of her professionally taken when she was 3 in her hanbok. I remember she hated it, so we had a difficult time getting her to smile. It still hangs on one of my walls. Wonderful memories!
    One of the places on our bucket list for travel. She has been there of course.

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