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Hanbok Experience in Seoul - Wear Hanbok and Visit Palaces

If there is one thing I would most definitely recommend you do on your trip to South Korea's capital city is rent a traditional Korean hanbok, visit the royal palaces and stroll down one of the historic Hanok villages.

In this blog post you can find where and how to rent hanbok, what to wear underneath it and where to go to get the most out of your day in Seoul. And also - Is wearing a hanbok cultural appropriation?

(You can experience a day in hanbok in all seasons - rain or shine.)

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What is Hanbok?

Hanbok (literally translating into 'Korean clothing') is traditional korean attire from the Joseon period that used to be worn daily up to until 100 years ago. Nowadays, hanbok is worn on special occasions like weddings, festive occasions like Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and Seollal (Korean New Year's), on special anniversaries and children wear it on their first birthday.

Women’s version consists of a blouse or jacket (jeogori) and princess like skirt (chima). Men’s hanbok also consists of jeogori in combination with loose fitting trousers (baji).

Hanbok is also worn by many tourists that want to experience exploring Seoul's palaces and historical sites dressed up in pretty traditional Korean outfits.

Where to Rent Hanbok?

There are many hanbok rental stores in Seoul and you will have no issues finding one near the palaces. You can rent them by the hour or by the days.

We have rented our hanboks via the KKday app.

Seohwa Hanbok have a KKday app special offer where you can rent the outfit for 6 hours. The rental includes free accessories like hand bags and hair accessories and they also offer hair styling services. They will store your bags as well.

Seohwa Hanbok

Google Maps Address: B1, 11 Jeokseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Korean address: 서울시 종로구 적선동 11

Service hours: 9:00am - 7:00pm

How to get there: 50m away from Exit no.4 of Gyeongbokgung station

Service: Male(S - XL), female(XS - XXL), and also children sizes hanboks

Overall, I believe that they offer great variety of outfits in various sizes. Due to the way the hanboks are made for wear - the skirt is attached to straps that are adjusted to your height with a shirt over the skirt hiding the straps - they fit to all body types no matter if you are tinny or plus sized.

How to wear it: the skirt is fitted over your clothing so you can wear jeans underneath the skirt and long or short sleeved shirt underneath the jacket. I would suggest not to wear high neck shirts in case they peek out from underneath the shirt. You can wear trainers which cannot be seen on the photos as the length of the skirt will be covering them.

Tip: If, like me, you are visiting Seoul in colder months, do not forget to take your coat with you as late autumn and winter are really cold in Korea and you do not want to be freezing whole day.