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Traditional Korean Hats Posted by on Jul 26, 2010 in Culture

No one wears them anymore, but at one point in Korean history, these hats were a common sight :

The gat () was a hat worn by upper class Korean men. This video is a clip from the Korean drama called Yisan (이산). If you look at the first seconds of the video, you can see how the gat marked a person’s status. The servant has a plain black sash tying the gat to his head, but the king’s gat has a sash strung with expensive beads.


A 정자관 was a hat worn by upper class Korean men. The was worn as a part of formal attire, but the 정자관 was worn as a part of casual attire. The 정자관 was made of horse hair  and men wore these hats to denote their status, but also to protect a  type of hairstyle called a sangtu (상투).

A 호건 was a long pointy hat worn by upper class unmarried boys. You can still see a variation of this type of hat worn in ceremonies. In the video, the length of the hat has been shortened at the back.

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