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Park expected to wear hanbok dress more often

SEOUL, Feb. 28 — South Korean President Park Geun-hye is expected to wear the traditional Korean dress, hanbok, at important occasions more often, as she did on her inauguration day, to promote traditional Korean culture overseas, her spokeswoman said Thursday.

Park's attire was a media focus on inauguration day Monday as she kept switching clothes depending on occasions. She was first dressed black during a visit to the national cemetery and then attended the swearing-in ceremony in a khaki coat, a color suggestive of military uniforms, possibly symbolic of her being the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

Then she changed to a colorful hanbok dress, red with golden embroidery, on the way to the presidential house Cheong Wa Dae and attended a brief street ceremony underlining her commitment to meet the wishes of the people. She switched again to Western clothing when meeting with foreign delegations before emerging in a hanbok dress at a reception for them.

Park "had made clear from the beginning that she will wear hanbok at Gwanghwamun (plaza for the street ceremony) and at the dinner reception to make Korean traditional culture known worldwide," presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing told reporters. "The president is expected to wear hanbok appropriately (more often) at important events."

Another key theme of Monday's inauguration ceremony was that Park will heed voices from the people, Kim said. The street ceremony, where she read memos of people's wishes contained in Korean traditional "lucky bags" hanging on a fake tree, was "100 percent Park's idea," Kim said.(PNA/Yonhap)

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