Seoul: Gyeongbokgung in a rented hanbok

by Sanne
Gyeongbokgung in Seoul
This beautiful couple really knew how to pull it off!

One of our highest priorities in Seoul was to wear a hanbok, which is the Korean traditional dress. Several photo studios across Seoul offer sessions, which includes hanbok rental, make-up and styling as well as a number of edited photos, but because of Seollal (Korean New Year) and short notice, we couldn’t find any, which could accommodate us.

Instead we chose to rent a hanbok from a shop we found close to Anguk Station. It was only 10,000KRW for two hours, and there were plenty of different patterns and colors to choose among. For an extra fee, they offered us to rent a mink vest, which might have been a good idea considering the freezing Korean weather, but out of principle, I don’t wear fur, so I skipped that. And yes I know it’s hypocritical, considering that I have no problems eating the animals, and I also wear leather shoes, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

The hanbok consists of a skirt, the chima, and a small jacket, the jeogori. Under the hanbok, you wear a petticoat to add fullness to the dress and make it fall nicely. I kept all my clothes on, under the hanbok, and it worked out fine. The store assistants helped us to get dressed and to place the hair accessory, which was also included in the rental fee. We placed all the stuff we didn’t want to carry with us in the lockers, which were provided in the store. I haven’t been able to figure out the English name of the store, where we rented our hanboks, but I’ll ask a Korean friend one of the days. It was only a few steps from Anguk Station, but if you can’t find it don’t worry; there are plenty of shops in the area with hanbok for rent.

From Anguk Station, we were only a short walk from Gyeongbokgung, which is the biggest of the palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395, but it’s been fully restored to its former condition, and it’s a beautiful sight.

If you’re wearing a hanbok, you get free admission to the palaces in Seoul, but because of Seollal, entrance was free of charge to everyone, and Gyeongbokgung was completely packed. At the first gate, we were approached by a couple of Indonesian bloggers, who probably thought they had landed a big scoop, getting an interview with two Koreans. I’m not very social when I’m cold, but Pia talked for both of us and explained, that we were Korean adoptees, and didn’t speak any Korean. I think they got a bit disappointed, when they realized we weren’t real Koreans, but I’m curious to know whether they have uploaded the video they shot.


sileas February 15, 2017 - 12:47 pm

This looks so much fun actually! I loved all the palaces in Seoul but I think to visit them in a hanbook is the real deal 🙂

annie lee February 15, 2017 - 1:19 pm

you guys picked the right color of hanboks. so elegant!! i always wondered why there were ppl walking around the palace in them and only found out about it last time i was in seoul lol. maybe i should give it a try next time. i haven’t worn one since like.. 7!!

Sofia February 15, 2017 - 4:11 pm

I love seeing your photos in the hanbok, how fun! I have never worn one, but I do have pictures of myself from when I was small wearing a Spanish flamenco costumes next to some Korean girl wearing a hanbok 🙂
It’s true what you say about the fur, so hypocritical. I too am not a vegetarian and wear leather shoes,..but when it comes to fur I don’t want it. I never figured myself out. I do wear faux fur though! xx

pinayskattebasse February 17, 2017 - 5:40 pm

The last paragraph of your blog I don’t know if I should laugh at the disappointment of the surprised bloggers. 🙂
You look amazing in hanbok! 🙂
Wearing a Hanbok should be in everybody’ bucket list when in Korea. It’s really says hello Korea! Anyeong-Haseo?
I don’t wear fur either. First I can’t afford, second I imagine the sufferings of the animals. 🙁

Hanna February 19, 2017 - 10:26 am

Gyeongbokgung, I have been doing some pronunciation excercises here… Not sure if I could ever pronounce it correctly. The handbok looks beautiful- and practical in a cold weather! You look so pretty, both of you. So, the Indonesian bloggers, heheh, I can only imagine what they were thinking, what a disappointment. (Hopefully you told them you are blogger as well!)

Waz February 19, 2017 - 8:24 pm

I’m not even going to try to pronounce Gyeongbokgung, lol. Loving the photos of you two in your hanboks! Seems like the perfect spot for a photo shoot, but it’s a shame that it was so cold. Good for you saying no to the fur! Even if you eat animals and wear leather, saying no to fur is a good start. Baby steps!


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