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  • Photograph of a Korean groom in traditional wedding kimono.
  • Magnifying Glass

Bridegroom in Traditional Korean Wedding, South Korea, 1990
© Michel Setboun/CORBIS

Korea

Official Boots

Like the bride, the groom’s social status was also elevated on his wedding day. But unlike his bride, who was seen as an “empress for the day,” he was symbolically elevated to the status of an official, a social designation that suggested merit rather than privilege. On his wedding day, he stepped into a pair of boots that befit the official class.