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[K STYLE] Celebration of Coming-of-Age Day
2018-05-25 |
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The third Monday of every May is the Coming-of-Age Day in South Korea.

Young adults who were born in 1999 and turn 19 years old this year celebrated their entry into adulthood.

On a splendid spring day, some 100 youths who start their adulthood this year gathered at Namsan Hanok Village in downtown Seoul.

They are participating in a traditional coming-of-age ritual.

The youth participants call heaven to witness that they have come of age. They put on the traditional clothing prepared by adults for them for the ritual.

Boys wear Korea's traditional hat, dubbed "Gat" in Korea, and outer coat for men, "Dopo".

While girls put on "Jokduri", a type of Korean traditional coronet worn by women for special occasions, and "Dangui", a ceremonial upper garment for women.

The youths appear to be solemn on the occasion of their entry into adulthood.

They are also served refreshments.

The ceremony wraps up with the young adults' deep bows to their parents and other elders in the neighborhood.

[Nam Ki-Yeol, participant/soldier]
"I am grateful that the military authority has allowed me to take part in this ritual. I was a frog in the well but I've now come out of it...."

[Oh Eun-Seo, participant/student]
"It's fresh and fun to wear 'Hanbok' like this and participate in this ritual. This will remain in my memory for a long time."

These young adults are to be accepted as independent entities in the community.

From now on, they can cast ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections.

The men are subject to the country's mandatory military duty, while all of the fledgling adults will have to be responsible by themselves for any civil and criminal violations.

[Oh Jae-Hong/ parent]
"I often tell them (my children) to live their own life to the full with responsibility, as they've reached majority."

The number of South Korean youths who turn 19 years old this year is estimated at around 614,000.

The figure decreased by about 20,000 from that in 2016.

Some foreign students studying here also gained valuable experience by joining the ritual.


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