Aesthetics Wiki
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Note: This could be deemed exclusive to Koreans, as one could be uncomfortable with a person adopting another person's culture.



Traditional Korean aesthetics and characteristics were categorized into four areas: pure formality, naturalistic simplicity, symbolic decoration, and playful spontaneity. Pure formality is more innocent while still being formal, many people think of traditional Korean culture (Kings, Queens, Clans) when pure formality comes up. Naturalistic simplicity usually includes the terms nature, plants, and modern. An example is a white modern mansion filled with greens and plants. Symbolic decoration is also very traditional such as art.

Playful spontaneity goes by its name, or through images, obviously enough, it is very playful and cutesy. There is a Korean style in (cultural) production’s willingness to use/repurpose anything to make things work. As a country that has learned to live in the shadow of either outright colonizers such as Imperial Japan or under the influence of other big brothers with very large cultural sticks, South Korea learned to be at ease with outside cultural influence. Korea calls this tendency (for better or worse) sa-dae-ju-ui or “deference to the greater.” This general mode of comfort with combinations that might otherwise culturally/aesthetically offend as outside, dissonant elements that “shouldn’t go together” is what allows them to occur in the first place.

Fashion

Traced back to the three kingdoms of Korea, clothing of Korea's rulers and high classes, was influenced by both foreign and indigenous styles, including significant influences from various Chinese dynasties. This ancient fashion well known as traditional for the country.

Hanbok

Hanbok is the traditional two-piece clothing worn in Korea for formal or semi-formal occasions and events such as festivals, celebrations, and ceremonies. It is characterized by its wrapped front top, long, high waisted skirt and its typically vibrant colours. Hanbok can be divided into royal dresses, official uniforms, bureaucratic uniforms, and civilian uniforms. Hanbok aspects include:

  • Vibrant colors
  • Formal and proper
  • Wrapped front top long, high waisted skirt


Architecture

during the Joseon dynasty, specific architecture, mainly houses were traditional Hanoks, which were first designed and built in the 14th century. which was developed in Korean Peninsula and Manchuria. The environment-friendly aspects of traditional Korean houses range from the structure's inner layout to the building materials which were used. Another unique feature of traditional houses is their special design for cooling the interior in summer and heating the interior in winter.

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