No longer kids! South Korea marks traditional 'coming of age' day

South Korea, on Monday celebrated traditional 'coming-of-age ceremony' on Monday to celebrate young people turning 20 and to raise their awareness about roles and responsibilities that come with being an adult.

South KoreaSouth Korean students take part in a 'coming-of-age' ceremony at a park in Seoul on May 16, 2016. The ceremony marks the point at which a person is legally able to make independent life choices, from voting to drinking alcohol. Pic/AFP

It is celebrated annually on the third week of May. A number of young men and women were dressed in Hanbok, South Korean traditional clothes.

South KoreaBoys at the ceremony in Seoul. Pic/AFP

During this event, young boys and girls wear traditional Korean clothing together with accessories. Boys wear 'gat', a traditional Korean hat made of bamboo and horsehair, and girls do their hair in chignon with 'binyeo', a Korean traditional ornamental hairpin.

South KoreaPic/AFP

When a person reaches this state of his/her life, he/she gains the freedom to do whatever it is that he/she wants viz the choice to marry, to drink alcohol, to smoke, to vote, to drive, etc.

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