Whenever I travel to a new country, I want to take part in the culture as much as possible whether it be playing an instrument, dressing up, or exploring castles and temples. In Japan, I wore yukata and kimono. Let me tell you something… People are super nice when you show you care about their culture. In Okinawa, I received so many compliments with people telling my friends and I how beautiful we are. Wearing your host country’s traditional clothes shows respect and interest in their culture and customs. It’s a win/win situation.
In Korea, it’s the same. If you’re looking for an ego boost or to feel like a celebrity for the day, I recommend you try One Day Hanbok. Check out their website for more details. If Korean is not your language, they explain their services in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
When in our hanbok, my friends and I were told in Korean and English we were lovely and people stopped to snap photos with us (or creepily snuck pictures of us). The experience is worth the money and you can have unforgettable memories wearing One Day Hanbok in Seoul at Korea’s most beautiful palaces.
I highly suggest you make a reservation. One Day Hanbok is slowly becoming more popular and is super busy during holidays like Chuseok. In order to guarantee a spot, email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their Facebook page.
The rental price is about 4,500 Korean Won (about $4.00) per hour with a minimum of four hours required. If you rent for four hours the rental price goes down to 13,000 (about $11) Korean Won. For the day, it’s 26,000 (about $24) Korean Won. We deposited our ARC and 30,000 Korean Won. This is a guarantee you don’t damage or run off with the hanbok.
I suggest taking the day rental as it takes time to get to your destinations and you don’t want to be sweaty and gross for your pictures. Entry is free into palaces if you are wearing hanbok.
One Day Hanbok Experience
Inside the shop, you are given two free hanbok fittings. Additional hanbok fittings cost 2,000 Korean Won. The hanbok sizes run from small to extra large. The shop is small but there are two walls filled with a plethora of traditional wear in different colors to choose from. They have about 3-4 attendants to help you try on and tie your hanbok. There’s not one hanbok in there that is not beautiful. To be honest, it was difficult to choose between my peach hanbok and the navy blue and red one I first put on. You’re allowed hair accessories and a purse as well.
Where To Take Photos?
I went with two friends and while it was super fun, it took time to navigate to the palaces. The palaces are also enormous so you have to account for the time spent walking around, exploring, and taking pictures. We chose three of the most popular and scenic places: Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁, Changdeokgung Palace 창덕궁, and the Secret Garden. You have to pay about 5,000 Korean Won to enter the garden but it’s definitely worth the price of admission. Just check out the pictures.
It never gets old being called beautiful. Koreans are super friendly and will be more than happy to assist you in taking pictures. While on our excursion, we met Jin Park, a Congressman running for local office. You never know who you might meet or what you might do. I even sang with a traditional Korean music band! This is a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to do it again. And don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel for the awesome video.
How to Get There
One Day Hanbok has moved from their previous location. They are now located in front of Chungmuro Station off Line 3 and 4. It’s in front of exit 8 and in the same building as Kia Motors.
Address: #303 Floor 3, 125-3 Chungmuro 4-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10am- 10pm