Korean temple clothes



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Korean monks wear a traditional outer jacket with wide sleeves and baggy gray pants. If you go to the countryside, you can find common Korean people who also wear this traditional clothing. The only distinctive monastic version of this ensemble is the gray color, as a mark of asceticism. The gray robes worn by a monastic declare that one is a practitioner, and represent the spirit of no belongings, letting go of all worldly desires. Another mark of the Seon monk is to wear old clothes covered with patches, layer upon layer. While such garments are supposed to show detachment from material possessions, they often serve as a kind of monastic status symbol.


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