The "hanbok" (in South Korea) or "Chosŏn-ot" (in North Korea) is the traditional Korean clothes. The term "hanbok" literally means "Korean clothing".

Traditionally, women's hanbok consist of the "jeogori" (a blouse shirt or a jacket) and the "chima" (a full, wrap-around skirt). The ensemble is often known as "chima jeogori". Men's hanbok consist of "jeogori" and loose fitting "baji" (trousers).

The "hanbok" can be traced back to the Three Kingdoms of Korea period (1th century BC–7th century AD), with roots in the peoples of what is now northern Korea and Manchuria. Early forms of "hanbok" can be seen in the art of Goguryeo tomb murals in the same period, with the earliest mural paintings dating to the 5th century.

Koreans wear the "hanbok" for formal or semi-formal occasions and events such as festivals, celebrations, and ceremonies. In 1996, the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established "Hanbok Day" to encourage South Korean citizens to wear the "hanbok".

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