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South Korean

Doll in traditional Korean costume c.1950-53

RCIN 66011

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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This doll wears traditional Korean dress known as hanbok. For women, hanbok consists of a blouse or a jacket (jeogori) and a wrap-around skirt (chima). Hanbok are usually made in vibrant colours and can be adorned with decorative embroidery.

The doll was a gift to The Queen in 1953 from students at Ehwa Womans University in Seoul. At that time, the university was serving as a hospital for wounded British and American soldiers during the Korean War (1950–53). The Queen visited the university again in 1999. It is the largest university in the world exclusively for women, and currently has over 19,000 students.