Every Korean high school students wear school uniform. School uniforms are symbol of schools and improve academic performance and student attitudes. Many countries include Korea wear school uniform. But Korean School uniforms are very creative and personality.
History of Korean uniform
History of Korean uniform made in when first western style school built in Korea.
In 1886, Mary F. Scranton built Ewha school and made new cloth for 4 students in Ewha school. New cloth was red. but it changed into white blouse and black skirt.
In Japanese colonialists between 1910 and 1945, Wearing school uniform is generalized. Girls wear working pants and blouse. Boys wear khaki color uniform.
But Latest korean school uniforms are very fashionable. Also some schools make Korean traditional cloth as school uniform.
Effect of Korean school uniform
School uniform have many positive effects. Students behave better when they are dressed alike. Then they fight less and focus on their school work more. Also uniforms instill a sense of community within the school.Teenagers spend a lot of money in buying cloth. School uniform can limit their consuming. It is cheaper to implement uniforms because parents don't have to worry about "Back to school" shopping and having their kids want new clothes for school all the time.
But there are some side effect of school uniform too. First, School uniforms are standardized so it limits students personality. Express one's personality is one of the biggest desire. But school uniform restrict it. Second, uniforms are uncomfortable. Some countries students ( USA, Austrailia and etc..) are wearing normal T- shirts and pants for uniform. But in Korea, there's no comfortable uniform like that.
Korean school uniforms keep changing. Some schools make several style uniforms. For example, one of the Korean school made 4 kinds of uniforms. Students wear 2 kinds of summer clothes, one Safari style uniform and one winter cloth.
Comparing to old days, Korean school uniforms pursue student's own personality. So they are very stylish. It's one of the korean students culture and proud of their school life.
korean traditional cloth style school uniform.
↑ normal style of school uniform ( It's my high school uniform. Suwon Kwonsun high school)
<- new style of uniforms.