Renting Hanbok in Seoul

Hi guys!
Hanbok experience is definitely the highlight of my Korea trip. I tried a hanbok once with a tour back in 2011 and I love it! It was a studio pic tho so we only had it on for a while. Also, it was a simplified version of a hanbok. It was also without any hair piece or handbag. This time around, I wanted to get the full experience. Including walking around wearing a hanbok.

I really wish I kept the receipt from the hanbok place but I didn’t so I can’t give you the name of the place. But there are so so many hanbok rental around Gyeongbokung and Changdeokgung Palace. The price I paid is 35.000 korean won or around US$32 for 4 hours. I did get the more expensive one, but not the most expensive. My husband paid 25.000 korean won or around US$20 also for 4 hours. There are 3 options; you can rent it for 2 hours, 4 hours, or the whole day (until the store close). If you want to cover both Gyeongbokung and Changdeokgung, definitely get the whole day. We only explored Gyeongbokung and 4 hours was barely enough.

First you choose which skirt you want, and then one of the employee will help choosing the top for you. Another employee will find the right size and help you get dressed. After that another employee will do your hair and then you choose your hairpiece and your handbag. Once finished with that, you go to the cashier to pay and 4 hours start from the moment you pay.
There’s a locker room and you’ll get the key after you finished your payment. Each couple get one locker. Then they also gave us a cold drink! I really love how friendly the ajjussi owner was even tho his english is very very basic. Other employee was able to speak basic English as well. Unfortunately silly old me didn’t remember to take pic of the place or the receipt.

But anyway, you’ll get free entrance to Gyeongbokung Palace and that entrance fee alone costs 10.000 won per person. Might as well get a hanbok and take pics there right?

I was in love with my hanbok. It has such beautiful detailing altho I’m not sure if this hanbok is historically correct. It was a hot summer day and I was sweating bullets but I enjoyed every bit of it nonetheless. Another bucket list checked off!

Also, don’t worry about looking weird. Pretty much half of the people in Gyeongbokung was wearing hanbok. About one from every three groups carry a tripod. So feel free to take as much pictures as you want.

Thank you so much for reading and wishing everyone a great weekend!


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