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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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!