[KOREA] Rent Hanbok in Seoul and Explore Gyeongbokgung

How to rent Hanbok – traditional Korean dress – when you’re in Seoul, Korea? Is there any Hanbok rental near Gyeongbokgung? Don’t worry, because we’ll share our experience of Korean hanbok rent with Hanboknam (Hanbok Rental) in Seoul. Wearing traditional Korean dress (Hanbok) while traveling to Seoul was the best thing to do, and we finally did it on our second trip to Korea last October 2017. As usual, we did some research on the internet for hanbok rental in Seoul. There are some hanbok rental shops in Seoul, but only two rental places that caught our attention; it’s either Hanboknam or One Day Hanbok.

Finally, we decided to rent the traditional Korean clothes from Hanboknam (Hanbok rental). Located in Samcheong Dong near Gyeongbok Palace, Hanboknam has a three story high building with spacious rooms and complete with traditional Korean backdrops set in a separate building. There’s a hidden entrance to the building, but you can pay attention and look for COFFEE FAKTORY from the outside. Hanboknam has over 500 clothing selections to choose from, and the good thing is, we were allowed to try two models before finally deciding on a dress.

Summary why we decided to rent Hanbok from Hanboknam:
+ near to the famous attraction, Gyeokbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace), Changdeokgung Palace and Hongik University or Jeonju Hanok Village
+ rental package already include with FREE hair-do styling
– rental price is more expensive than One Day Hanbok, starts from 10,000 Won for 1,5 hours (traditional hanbok), and 20,000 Won for 1,5 hours (themed hanbok).

Some plus minus why we didn’t rent from One Day Hanbok:
+ Low rental price which is starts from 15,000 Won for 4 hours and only 28,000 Won for a day.
– hair-do is not included
– the location is quite far from Gyeongbok Palace

Free Hairstyling at Hanboknam

How to rent a hanbok at Hanboknam?
1. Go to the registration desk, show your passport, and choose the package. The price of hanbok rental varies depending on the duration of your rental, and the type of Hanbok, and accessories you have selected.
2. Store your bags etc. in the locker, then head straight to the 2nd floor (fitting area)
3. Choose the Hanbok that you like, available from Traditional, Themed, Character, Wedding, Lifestyle, and Children Hanbok.
4. You can try two sets of Hanbok within 30 minutes.
5. Once you decide on Hanbok dress, you can go the hairstyling room next to it. There are five different hairstyles available for FREE (no additional cost).

*But you have to pay extra rental fees for hair accessories: Daenggi (Korean ribbon), Binyeo (Korean hairpins), traditional Korean socks, Uhwudong hats, Gat (traditional Korean hats), Women Clutch/handbags, etc.

Exploring Gyeongbokgung 경복궁 – the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty built in 1395)

The best place to take photos and experience more of Korean traditions and heritage in Seoul is definitely inside traditional palaces! There are 5 palaces in Seoul, from Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung. Of all the palaces, we decided to return to Gyeongbokgung in this 2nd visit. And guess what, for all visitors wearing hanbok, you can get access to all the palaces without paying the admission fee, even on holidays and on special event days. Yay!

Gyeongbokgung Palace – Operation Hours and Admission Fees

Gyeongbokgung is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and in the early Joseon Dynasty was crucial to the king as it housed major government offices. The name Gyeongbokgung literally means “the greatly blessed palace.”

Overall, exploring the Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) and many alleys around the neighborhood with traditional Korean clothes like this was indeed a memorable experience for both of us! We spent a total of 45,000 Won (equal to IDR 562K) for two Themed Hanbok rental for 1.5 hours, one hat for my husband, and one handbag for me. If you come early to Gyeongbokgung, don’t miss to watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Thank you for reading!

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Hanboknam (Hanbok Rental)

109 Sogyeok-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opening Hour: 09.30am – 20:30pm

Phone: +82-10-6485-8507

Price: starts from 20,000 Won (equal to IDR 250K)


Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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