What is Men's Hanbok?


Modern male or men's hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) is comprised of baji (pants, trousers), jeogori (basic upper garment), baeja (traditional vest), jokki (vest) and durumagi (overcoat). Korean hanbok male fashion was designed for comfort, durability, and style. Its structure reminds the wearer of origami fashion, its in clean folds and linear design. 


What does men's hanbok look like? 

Let's go over the basic components of the male hanbok and see how it is carefully made and put together in a complete, modern Korean male fashion.  

1. Men's Baji (Bottoms):

Baji are Korean traditional men's trousers or pants. They are wide, and composed of marupok, sapok, and heori (waist). 

Korean hanbok men's male pants trousers baji

 2. Men's Jeogori (Top):

Jeogori is a traditional Korean hanbok men's top. The front of the jeogori is opened, so that it is worn by folding from the left to the right. Then you adjust the tightness of the folds by tying the goreums, which are ties. 

Jeogori Korean hanbok traditional men's male clothing


Baji and jeogori are typically produced using a similar fabric and have similar shadings. Light shadings, for example, white, pink, light blue, and light purple are among the famous selection of tones for jeogori and baji, however, ordinary people ordinarily adhere to the white color as white cotton was less expensive during the Joseon Dynasty. 

Both noblemen and commoners wear jeogori and baji every day. However, noblemen are only wearing these two at home. These garments are practically similar to a pair of pajamas for them and they generally wear something different on top of the jeogori and baji. The garments, or the overcoats, worn on top would change, depending on the places or occasions that they're going to. 

The commoners generally wore a coat on top of the jeogori. The coat is sleeveless and makes the sleeves of the jeogori noticeable. The length differs, some of the time simply a short one, reaching to under the waist or significantly longer, reaching the knees. 

For commoners, they normally tie a sash-like texture to stow away their manggeon and forehead, at that point, go out without putting on any sort of hat yet when they're voyaging very far, they will wear a conical hat, satgat (삿갓) use to protect themselves from the warmth or downpour. 

Noblemen and scholars, or yangban, would traditioanlly put on an overcoat called the Dopo (도포) when they went out. Not at all like the narrow sleeves that jeogori has, the Dopo has wide sleeves that resemble the 'flapping wings' of a bird. 

The dopo can be worn without any pair or combined with another layer of sleeveless vest called jeonbok (전복). Jeonbok doesn't have covered panels in the front and can be in a similar shade or different from the dopo. 

Another significant part of the garments for men is the socks. The white socks, boseon (버선), have comparative style paying little heed to the status of the wearer. Regardless of whether a man is a king or a peasant, he needs to wear white socks with the clothing fitting his position and economic well being. The distinction likely lies in the design, thickness, and the sort of fabric used to make the boseon. 

The shoes vary contingent upon the status of the wearer. Typically, commoners wear jipsin (짚신), or shoes produced using a straw. They are less expensive and the vast majority can afford to purchase the shoes. 



What are the types of men's hanbok? 

The men's hanbok outfit remains the same for the pants and the main top. But the differences in style come with the vests or coats that you are wear on top. 

1. Baeja (male tied sleeveless vest):

Sleeveless vest worn over jeogori, which has a symmetrical collar. It can also be adjusted with the ties and buttons beneath the ties (goreum). 

Korean hanbok male men's fashion vest ties

2. Jokki (male buttoned vests):

Sleeveless, buttoned vest worn over the main top. This is the most similar to a western-styled vest. This began to be in Korean fashion and culture in the late 19th century. The late 19th century was also the time when the Joseon Dynasty developed into a modern state and invited in more Western influences of fashion and design. 

Jokki Korean hanbok men's male fashion vest

3. Magoja (sleeveless and collarless male jacket) 

Magoja are sleeveless and collarless male jackets worn over the sleeveless vests (jokki). They are usually worn when it is colder such as the winter seasons. They have been worn since the 19th century when it was the Joseon Dynasty. 

Magoja Korean hanbok male men's fashion jacket


4. Durumagi (Long male outer jacket)

Durumagi is an outer jacket that is worn by both men and women in Korea for special and formal occasions. It was also worn in the winter for body heat and to keep the wearer warm. It can get very cold in Korea -- in fact, the lowest recorded temperature in South Korea was negative 18.6 degrees Celsius (-66 degrees Fahrenheit)! 

Durumagi Korean hanbok male men's fashion long jacket coat


What does Boy's Hanbok look like? 

Boys' hanbok (hanbok for children) is mainly the same as the male hanbok. The differences between men's hanbok and kids' hanbok are in the patterns and colors, rather than the structure.   

Boys Korean hanbok children's traditional clothing blue


There you have it! Your ultimate guide through the different types of men's hanbok. This post only covered the types of clothing that men can wear with Korean fashion, but we have much more to cover about the designs that go on the hanbok.

If you want to know more about hanbok, we recommend you start here: What is Hanbok? The Ultimate Guide 

Have you ever worn hanbok before? Was it comfortable? Which types did you wear? Let us know and share with us your hanbok photos! 

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