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Silla Hanbok

Showcasing the beauty of the Silla hanbok.

The ancient kingdom of Silla (or Shilla) was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea from more than 2000 years ago.  It was then that the basic structure of the Korean hanbok – the traditional dress – was established. It reflected the nomadic origins of northern Asia and incorporated shamanistic motifs, designed for ease of movement. The basic components of the hanbok are the jeogori (top or jacket), baji (pants), and the chima (long skirt). During the early years, both men and women wore waist-length, tight jackets and tight, short trousers. The basic design and structure of the hanbok has remained relatively the same to this day. 

During the end of the Three Kingdoms era, the design of the hanbok would be altered. The noblemen started to wear narrow, tunic-type jackets that were belted at the waist and cuffed at the wrists with baggy trousers that were bound-in at the ankles. The noblewomen wore hip-length jackets that were belted at the waist over full-length skirts. 

Here are some designs of the Silla hanbok, from the Korean TV drama, “Queen Seondeok,” based on real-life historical figures from the Silla dynasty. I love how opulent these gorgeous costumes are, showcasing the beauty of the Silla hanbok. 

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Princess Cheon-myeong, older twin sister of Princess Deokman (portrayed by Park Ye-jin). 

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Princess Deokman, Queen Seondeok’s childhood name (portrayed by Lee Yo-won).

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Princess Deokman, warrior princess. 

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Queen Seon-deok, portrayed by Lee Yo-won.

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Royal concubine and femme fatale Mi-shil, portrayed by Go Hyeon-jeong.

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Mi-shil, Hwarang warrior. 

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General Kim Yu-shin, portrayed by Eom Tae-woong.

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Bidam, Mi-shil’s son (portrayed by Kim Nam-gil).

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If anyone is interested in watching the drama and seeing the Silla hanbok in motion, click here:

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  1. Shirley Shuler

    On November 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hi Lady Sunshine, the Silla Hanbok is very beautiful, as are the actors from the Korean TV drama. I love watching Korean dramas every chance I get. There’s one that come on every night at midnight for half and hour, so I never get to bed until 12:30am :) .

  2. stuart747

    On November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Very good, I love the beautiful images

  3. Christine Ramsay

    On November 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Those are absolutely stunning robes.Whata lovely post.

  4. jennifer eiffel01

    On November 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    The women’s clothes were gorgeous! My aunt is from Korea and has a robe like that. Also, just the women themselves were beautiful. THanks for sharing!

  5. Erin Miller

    On November 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Those are really colorful. Where can I watch this? Or have I read your article wrong?

  6. LoveDoctor

    On November 15, 2011 at 12:01 am

    The robes are lovely. It’s nice to hear that the tradition is still practiced in Korea. Before reading this article, I thought you meant silly handbook okay, but now I know. thanks for the share.

  7. Scarix

    On November 15, 2011 at 12:07 am

    a beautiful woman

  8. Lady Sunshine

    On November 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Thanks to all who commented. A special thanks to Shirley and Pattiann for their insightful comments – love those type of responses. :D

    @ Marlene, what tradition is still practiced? You mean wearing the traditional dress? LOL. Koreans in Korea today wear the same, generic western clothes that Europeans and Americans wear. They only wear the Joseon-style hanbok, not the Silla type, on holidays or special occasions.

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