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Young ones keep old traditions alive

This weekend, in one of Seoul's oldest neighbourhoods, South Koreans of all ages will gather to celebrate the ancient "hanbok" costume.

Children came dressed in the hanbok (above) yesterday, as part of the three-day Jongno Hanbok Festival. The hanbok is said to have its roots in the Joseon period, which began in the late 14th century.

The festival will also feature traditional performances, a fashion show, parades and traditional food, among other things. Locals as well as tourists can join in the fun, reported the Koreabizwire online news site.

The festival is being organised by the Jongno Foundation for Arts and Culture. Jongno district office head Kim Young Jong said one of the aims of the festival was to raise awareness of South Korean tradi- tions as well as the hanbok costume, the report added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2016, with the headline 'Young ones keep old traditions alive'. Print Edition | Subscribe