Hankbok-style uniforms to be adopted at 22 schools from fall semester

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Hankbok-style uniforms to be adopted at 22 schools from fall semester

School uniforms designed with motifs found in hanbok. [KOREA CRAFT & DESIGN FOUNDATION]

School uniforms designed with motifs found in hanbok. [KOREA CRAFT & DESIGN FOUNDATION]

Twenty-two middle and high schools will adopt school uniforms with designs based on hanbok (Korean traditional dress) starting from the upcoming fall semester, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on Thursday.  
 
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding on distributing hanbok school uniforms in February last year.  
 
Among 50 schools that signed up for the trial run in adopting hanbok school uniforms, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Craft & Design Foundation (KCDF) selected 12 schools that currently receive funds for students’ uniforms and 10 schools that do not.  
 
To schools that currently receive funds for school uniforms, hanbok designers will be assigned to provide uniform prototypes. For the middle and high schools that do not receive funds, the government will provide seventh and 10th graders with a hanbok uniform priced within 300,000 won ($250).
 
Meanwhile, the KCDF last month selected four hanbok manufacturing companies last month to guarantee the quality of hanbok school uniforms.  
 
Schools that were not selected can still use the design specifications released on the website of the Hanbok Promotion Center (www.hanbokcenter.kr) to develop their own hanbok uniform, or apply for next year’s trial run that will select more schools to implement hanbok school uniforms.
 
"We expect to see schools adopt modified hanbok uniforms as early as the coming fall semester," an official of the Hanbok Advancement Center said. "We will try to come up with more hanbok uniform designs in the future."
 
BY KIM YEON-AH   [kim.yeonah@joongang.co.kr]

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