Hanbok designer, Hwang Yi Seul, who recently designed MAMAMOO‘s hanboks for their year-end stage on KBS Song Festival, revealed a DM she received from a Chinese netizen demanding an explanation for the insulting Chinese letters on their hanboks.
During their performance, the 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.
The netizen then went on to clarify the matter or else MAMAMOO won’t be able to stay active in China anymore.
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.
And in response, Hang Yi Seul was absolutely astonished and stressed that they were hanboks with Korean script on them.
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?
— Hwang Yi Seul
Recently, there was a dispute between Korean and Chinese netizens regarding the true origin of Korean hanboks, for which Chinese netizens claimed that they were originally worn during the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
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