Han Hye-jin’s photos taken at Cheong Wa Dae while wearing a Japanese designer’s clothes are being criticized

Vogue Korea eventually removed its hanbok photoshoot at Cheong Wa Dae off its website and SNS.

On August 24th, it was confirmed that photos of the Cheong Wa Dae photoshoot on Vogue Korea website and official Instagram have disappeared.


Earlier on August 22nd, Vogue Korea released a pictorial with Hye-jin, Kim Won-kyung, Kim Sung-hee, Oh Song-hwa, and Lee Ae-ri on the background of the Cheong Wa Dae.

However, right after the release of the pictorial, there was a heated debate related to how they use the Blue House as the background.

Former presidential protocol secretary Tak Hyun-min said on Facebook on August 22nd, “The reason why Japan turned Changgyeonggung Palace into Changgyeongwon was to provide an entertainment facility for people of its colony, reduce the authority of the Korean Empire and gain a favorable impression of Japanese imperialism, which was a new rising power at the time. The Yoon Seok-yeol administration’s shutdown of the presidential office was a failed decision in terms of procedures, processes and expected effects.”

In response, the Cheong Wa Dae National Open Promotion Team of the Cultural Heritage Administration explained, “We wanted to introduce the Cheong Wa Dae, which was opened to the public for the first time in 74 years, by arranging a hanbok fashion pictorial photoshoot there.”

In reply to this explanation, Tak said, “It’s very disingenuous. There are many other outfits as well, and even works by Ryunosuke Okazaki, the representative designer of the avant-garde in Japan were used. They keep hiding those things,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, former secretary Tak said in an interview with TBS radio “Kim Eo-jun’s News Factory” on August 24th that model Han Hye-jin (who participated as a model of the pictorial) did nothing wrong. Also, I think Vogue Korea can take a photoshoot there. However, the government’s inexperience is the problem,” he said.

“If we want to use cultural properties as an event space, we have to examine everything carefully, but the problem is that the government use them arbitrarily without any standards. Also, the expression of “open to the public” is wrong. Cheong Wa Dae has been open since the Lee Myung-bak government,” he said.

Source: Wikitree

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