On the bus in Seoul

Sunday, 7 April, 2013


The binyeo is a traditional Korean hairpin. It serves as ornamentation, but its main purpose is to keep a chignon (knot of hair) in place. Binyeos are divided into two kinds, a jam, which has a long body, and a che, which has an inverted U shape. Although binyeos are usually worn by women, they are also used by men to fix their sangtus (topknots) in place.

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