Modern, Traditional, And Traditional Culture Of The Korean Society

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Societies in the world are bound to change and to be remodeled. From the traditional and old-aged ways of living to a modern and Western lifestyle, most countries have undergone societal transformation particularly the Korean nation. From dramas and films that I watch, Korean culture has always been portrayed as a vibrant, flamboyant, traditional, and naturalistic community. From our discussions on the Korean traditional ways, Korea has always been seen as the country of colorful hanboks, antique hanoks, spicy kimchi, pansori, hangeul, and a lot more. Years ago, the Korean people were dressed with hanbok or their distinct style of clothing. Clothing determined the social rank of the people in the society. Specific dresses were worn for particular occasions, and cannot be worn at any other time. Men and women of different classes were adorned with colorful robes, fluffy skirts, and highly-elaborated accessories. People also lived in hanoks or houses that were considered as architectural masterpieces because of their intricate structure and elaborate interior design. These houses provided warmth during winter, and coolness during dry seasons. They lived in these traditional houses that were settled beside river banks and inside lush forests. Since they were situated near natural resources such as rivers and forests, Koreans’ way of living during the past involved farming, fishing, and pot- making. They utilized their environment, and worked as one with nature. Everything that

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