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Korean traditional men's winter shoes.jpg
Korean name
Hanja , or
Revised Romanization hwa
McCune–Reischauer hwa

Hwa are a type of traditional Korean boot, which, along with yi (이), is a subdivision of Korean shoes. The yi refers to all kind of shoes that do not go up to ankle.[1] Hwa are usually made of leather, and artisans who make the shoes are called hwajang (화장).[2] It was originally worn by ethnic minorities of northern China. It is assumed that hwa was introduced to Korea from Tang Dynasty of China during the Three Kingdoms period.[3][4]

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  1. ^ (in Korean). Yahoo! /Dongseo Munhwasa. 
  2. ^ "Important Intangible Cultural Properties 116". Cultural Heritage Administration. 
  3. ^ 화 (靴) (in Korean). Empas/ EncyKorea. 
  4. ^ 신라시대 신발 (in Korean). Daum/ KOCCA.