A hanbok (in South Korea) or Chosŏn-ot (in North Korea) is a traditional two piece Korean dress worn for formal or semi-formal traditional occasions and events such as festivals, celebrations, and ceremonies. It is characterized by its wrapped front top, long, high waisted skirt and its typically vibrant colours. Hanbok can be divided into royal dresses, official uniforms, bureaucratic uniforms, and civilian uniforms.
the term "hanbok" literally means "Korean clothing", in the modern day, "hanbok" usually refers specifically to the clothing worn and developed during the Joseon dynasty period by the upper classes. During this time, the clothing of Korea's rulers and aristocrats was heavily influenced by foreign and indigenous styles, resulting in many styles of clothing, such as the gwanbok worn by officials; in contrast, commoners wore a style of indigenous clothing distinct from that of the upper classes.
In 1996, the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism established "Hanbok Day" to encourage South Korean citizens to wear the hanbok.