Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Traditional Korean wedding

I love attending weddings! We were so thrilled to be invited to our friends’ wedding in Korea last November. The Korean wedding ceremony, replete with traditional musicians, gorgeous gowns and finery, was held at the beautifully constructed Korea House, a building that exemplifies the traditional Korean lifestyle and culture.
The ceremony started with the groom, wearing a jacket (chigori), trousers (paji), an overcoat (turumagi) and a black hat (moja), presenting the wedding chest for the bride's family.
Here comes the bride...
The bride's attire includes a chogori (short jacket with long sleeves) with 2 long ribbons which are tied to form the otkorum. A chima, a full length, high waisted wrap around skirt is worn. Boat shaped shoes made of silk, are worn with white cotton socks.
The elaborate ritual, led by traditional wedding planners, culminated in the bride and groom exchanging ceremonial bows and drinking a ceremony wine served in a gourd dipper. The traditional wedding feast (kyorhon p'iroyon) comprised tasty ritual snacks, bulgolgi (marinated barbeque beef strips), kalbi (marinated short ribs), a variety of kimchee, dumplings, soup, rice cakes, seaweed, and many accompanying dishes of condiments and sauce for dipping.

After the wedding, the bride and groom paid their respects to the groom's family in the pavilion. The mother-in-law threw jujubes into the bride's skirt giving them the blessing of having many children. Jujubes signify riches, honor, and male heirs in Korea. With the beautiful bride.

18 comments:

The Real Mother Hen said...

Very pretty... I should have done a traditional Peranakan wedding :(

Random Magus said...

... so beautifully perfect like a fairy tale!!!!

Blur Ting said...

Mother Hen - Ya, you should! Peranakan wedding costumes are so nice too! You and hubby can go take your vows again on your 10th anniversary. This time, wear the traditional costume!

Random- indeed very lovely. That's why my friends opted to go for the traditional one. Then again, they're going to do the modern one too, with white gown and everything...sometime soon. They have the best of both worlds.

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