Koreans are dressed in their very first hanbok for their first birthday. Kindergarten children are sometimes asked to wear hanbok to their end-of-year school plays. Also, on their wedding day, the couple changes into hanbok after their Western-style wedding ceremonies, and the parents on both sides wear hanbok as well.
Hanbok differs from the Japanese Kimono and the Chinese Qi pao. The women's hanbok, comprised of a wrap skirt and a bolero-like jacket, is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines, with no pockets. The man's hanbok has roomy pants bound at the ankles and a short jacket. Kimonos, on the other hand, are T-shaped, straight-line robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. They are wrapped around the body and secured by a broad sash called an obi, which is tied at the back.
The qi pao is a body-hugging, one-piece Chinese dress for women; the male version is the changshan. The qi paois stylish and often tight-fitting, with slits at both sides. Like the hanbok, the other two traditional garments are usually worn only on special occasions, but people still wear them more often than Koreans wear theirhanbok.