Wearing Hanbok at the Gyeongbokgung Palace

December 06, 2023

Living my KDrama life by wearing a Hanbok at the Gyeongbokgung Palace

I remember posting a blog wherein I said that I haven't experienced wearing a Hanbok in my life. And after three years, I finally did! I now experienced how the people from South Korea feels when they wore hanbok before.

Hanbok is Korea's traditional clothing. There are different Hanbok for ceremonies and everyday dress. It can also be categorized by gender, age, and season. A hundred years ago, Hanbok is what Koreans wear in their everyday living.

Honestly, I wanted to choose the pink one. But as much as I want to wear a Hanbok with my favorite color, I decided to go to a darker shade so that the color of the Hanbok will standout more.

Renting Hanbok in South Korea

There are two ways you can rent Hanbok in South Korea. It's either by booking online or just look for a rental shop outside Gyeongbokgung Palace.

In our case, we decided to just check the rental shops on the day itself. If you're going to rent on the day itself, I highly suggest that you go early so that you can choose a good Hanbok and be first in line. There are times that a lot of people are lining up in the rental shops.

Hanbok Rental Details:

The rent ranges from 10,000 KRW - 50,000 KRW depending on the Hanbok, hairstyle, and some other additional accessories.

My friends and I have different prices. Mine was 24,000 KRW. For the breakdown:

Hanbok Rental (for two hours) - 20,000 KRW
Underskirt (the one that will make the skirt like a balloon type) - 4,000 KRW
Hairstyle - Free

I chose the free hairstyle since I already spent 4000 for the underskirt. There are a lot of options with the hairstyle and the prices varies as well.

Other accessories like the bag is also free of charge. So choose the one that matches your Hanbok.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

If you wear Hanbok, your entrance in the Gyeongbokgung Palace is already free. Here are some details if you want to go to Gyeongbokgung Palace.

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⏰ Nov-Feb: 9:00-17:00
      Mar-May, Sep-Oct: 9:00-18:00
      Jun-Aug: 9.00-18:30
Last admission: 1 hr before closing. Closed on Tuesdays.

Fun fact, a lot of K-Dramas like Kingdom, Chicago Typewriter, Goblin, were filmed here!

πŸ•˜ Ceremony Times:

Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony (Gwanghwamun Gate - main gate): 10:00, 14:00 (20 mins)
Gwanghwamun Gate Guard on Duty Ceremony: 11:00, 13:00 (10 mins)
Gatekeeper Military Training (Hyeopsaengmun Gate): 9:35, 13:35 (15 mins)

🎟️ Ticket Price
Adult (age 19-64): 3,000 won
Child (age 7-18): 1,500 won.
Free for Adult above 64 and Child under 7, and if you're wearing a Hanbok.

πŸš‡ How to go to Gyeongbokgung Palace

There are a lot of ways to go to Gyeongbokgung Palace. It's either through bus or subway. But everything is convenient. Here are some of the recommended options in going to Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3, exit 5). 3 mins walk.
Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, exit 2). 7 mins walk.
Seoul City Hall (1.2km, 17 mins walk or 6 mins by taxi)

My overall experience wearing Hanbok

Wearing Hanbok while roaming inside Gyeongbokgung Palace is definitely a fun experience. It’s even more fun when you’re with the people who also likes to do these things. I definitely feel that I am in a KDrama.

Although I should have rented it for 4 hours because I would like to take more photos in different spots of the palace. But I will still be staying here in South Korea for a longer time so I can still wear Hanbok on a different season.

How about you guys? Have you experienced wearing Hanbok? How was it?

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