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Christ the Redeemer 'given' traditional Korean clothes

by Rachel Huston

The icon Brazilian landmark Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro wore clothing traditional to another country last night.

The hanbok was projected over the statue and is well known in South Korean. Historically, different types were used to show an individual's gender, social class, marital status and age.

It is worn by both men and women and is sometimes known as a 'chima jeogori'.  Women usually wear a top and a skirt and men wear loose-fitting trousers.

The videomapping event celebrates the opening of the ‘Lights of Korea’ exhibition, to take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the G20 summit, to take place in November in Brazil.

A statement released by the Christ the Redeemer Sanctuary said the projection represents the union between the two countries.

The projected hanbok was selected with the help of South Korean designer Jin Hee Lee.

Christ the Redeemer was made in France with clay pieces which were later shipped to Brazil. The monument is made from soapstone and concrete and was the idea of priest Pedro Mario. Its construction began in 1922.

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