yesterday, my parents took me to k-town to buy a hanbok. we korean ladies wear these for very special life events (well the old-school korean ladies wore them every single day, but not really the case anymore) - weddings, baby’s first birthday, the next generation’s weddings, etc.
i don’t have one, so the upcoming wedding seemed to be a good occasion to purchase one. my parents won’t get to play a huge role in the details of wedding planning since we are in different parts of the country, but i was especially interested in making the hanbok purchase a family event. over the last week, my parents called every hanbok shop in koreatown and made a detailed list of each shop and their offerings. we worked our way down the list, my mom fussed and bargained, my dad stood back and smiled, we ate a delicious lunch (hwae dup bap - basically sashimi on rice with greens, sesame oil, and red pepper paste), and ended up purchasing a custom made hanbok from a really pushy hilarious little old lady. the skirt will be a hot pink similar to the color pictured above. evidently if you wear a pink or red skirt for your wedding, you will have “no problems” in your marriage (what a saleswoman. does anyone really say no to that?), the top will be a deep navy blue, and there will be white trim with embroidered pink flowers in it. i will have this for the rest of my life.
and we rented an outfit similar to the one pictured above for matt. there are little hats included that are not pictured above. he is going to look so awesome.
(image from here)