A Hanbok Experience: Wearing a Traditional Korean Dress at Gyeongbokgung Palace

wearing hanboks

When traveling to Korea, wearing a hanbok is a must! Not only do you look like a princess, but it’s also a beautiful cultural experience to wear a Korean traditional dress. There’s a traditional outfit for guys too! Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy the hanbok. There are many shops where people can rent hanboks for a certain period of time. Just make sure to not rip or have stains on it or else you have to pay for the damages!

wearing hanboks at gyeongbokgung palace

Where To Rent: Seohwa Hanbok 

Address: B1, 11 Jeokseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul C 

Cost: $17.68 USD for 6 hours

Language: English and Chinese friendly!

My friends and I rented our hanboks at Seowa Hanbok through booking online at kkday. The staff can speak english so don’t worry about language barrier! To check in, all you have to do is show your confirmation email at the front desk. You’re led into an area where a beautiful selection of hanboks is hanging from the racks. The area is actually pretty small since there were many people that day. There’s small lockers below the racks where you can store your personal belongings. 

wearing hanboks at gyeongbokgung palace

Choosing a Hanbok

  • One of the employees led me to a rack to choose from based on my height.  I actually wandered off to another rack that wasn’t meant for my height but I fell in love with the deep red skirt with gold pattern over it. The skirt was short on me so I had to squat for my pictures to hide my sneakers! Check out my short video below! 
  • Once I made my decision, I was led into the dressing room where another employee helped me. Make sure to wear a neutral color tank top underneath so your regular clothes don’t show through. Putting on the hoola hoop skirt made me feel like Cinderella!
  • After getting dressed, there’s another area for accessories and getting your hair done! I chose a traditional headband and a red purse to keep my personal stuff. 
Gyeongbokgung Palace

Photoshoot at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is a beautiful historic site to take your intagram worthy pictures. It’s a 5 minute walk from Seohwa Hanbok and admission is free since you’re wearing a hanbok! I definitely did not feel out of place since many people were also wearing hanboks. I low-key thought it was funny that you can see tall modern buildings overlooking the palace. Make sure to go further in the palace if you don’t want strangers in your pics!

Wearing hanboks at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

In Conclusion

Wearing a hanbok was definitely one of my favorite Korean culture experiences that I can finally cross it off my bucket list. I always wanted to wear a hanbok after watching tons of kdramas! It was fun to dress up like a Korean princess and walking around Gyeongbokgung Palace to take photos. I highly recommend adding this experience to your itinerary! 


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