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Do the colours black and white have the same meanings in Korea as in the West?

In Korea, as well as in other cultures, white can represent purity and innoncence - hence the wearing of white by brides. However, there are some differences here. For example, people may express their patriotism by wearing a white hanbok.

Death is represented by white chrysanthemums but also, as in many Western countries, by the colour black.

Red is not considered a lucky colour in Korea as it is in China, for example. Here, it is seen as the colour of passion and until recently, wearing red was considered socially inappropriate for women.  

Green in Korea symbolizes a fresh start, youth, new energy and more. And it's now also used to express protection of and respect for the environment, which is also the same as elsewhere around the world. But all green signs are not intended to convery environmental friendliness, they may be convening the fresh start, new beginnings idea. 



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