InKyung wears a chijeokui, red ceremonial robe which is decorated with symbolic artwork. The red attire of the future queen represents her role of a helper to the king and a further blessing to the king. The pattern of a pair of birds on the robe signifies the harmony between yin and yang, or the affinity between the married royal couple.
The prominent crown is called a daesu created with 10 different hair bobs and 27 seperate ornaments adorns her head. Queens also wore jade binyeo with a pattern of a dragon called jeonipjam.
The outer garment with 12-rows of embroidery is called 12-deung jeogeui. A great number of pheasants appear on the front and back of the garment, with white pear blossom patterns inserted in between. Ssangbonghwangmun (double-phoenix patterns) are attached at intervals of 8cm. And a pattern of an ojongryong (five-clawed dragon) is attached to the chest and shoulders.
Even though, it’s not apparent, she is wearing three layers of chima (skirt) – dark blue chimadaeran chima with two layers of long skirts and jeonhaenghu chima – and sokjeoksam (undershirt) and jeogori (jackets). The number of garments a queen wore came to about 20 pairs, including the sokgot (inner clothing). Patterns decorating the queen’s garment contain a profuse amount of gold.
The queen used to be called the mother of the nation. And so, it was natural that the queen should wear the most gorgeous garment in the country.

The Dowager Queen Kim wears a noeui and the Great Dowager Queen Jo  a wonsam which is a red ceremonial robe with broad sleeves that can be worn by the empress, the queen, and the princess. However, there are specific colors and patterns for the respective ranks: yellow color with dragon  pattern (hwangwonsam) for the empress,red color with phoenix pattern (hongwonsam) for the queen, purplish red color with phoenix for the concubine, and green color with flower pattern (nokwonsam) for the princess. A crimson waistbanddaedae, is worn with wonsam like this.


Their coiffures are arranged into a Keun Meori hairstyle that can only be seen worn by people of the palace. It’s a wig made of braided false hair decorated with a ribbon and round-shaped ornaments with fluttering metals called tteoljam. The wooden part is a tteoguji to emphasize the whole hairstyle.

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