Recently, there was a dispute between Korean and Chinese netizens regarding hanboks that MAMAMOO’s girls wore during their performance on the KBS Song Festival stage. Hanbok designer, Hwang Yi Seul, revealed a DM she received from a Chinese netizen demanding an explanation for the insulting Chinese letters on their hanboks.
On the stage, MAMAMOO members performed AYA wearing unique-looking hanboks that drew much attention from viewers. But according to one Chinese netizen who sent the hanbok designer a DM, the outfits stirred much dispute in the Chinese online community due to the “insulting Chinese letters” on them.
“MAMAMOO’s outfits at KBS Song Festival has caused a dispute in China. The Chinese characters on their outfits were full of insults.”, Netizen said.
Netizens further said, “Right now, Chinese fans don’t understand the outfits, so can you talk to your company? If not, it’ll be hard for you to stay active in China. The word is spreading in China.”
Hang Yi Seul responded to all the netizens saying, “They’re not Chinese letters. They’re Korean script. Was Sejong the Great Chinese? No, he was Korean. Why should a Korean explain why we wore Korean hanboks?”
Chinese netizens claimed that hanbok is originally worn during the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
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