Just came back from my Korea trip which was my second time in Korea but first time of wearing Hanbok experience! So I do want to share with you guys if you still feel hesitate to try, I will say DON’T!
“Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. Worn daily up until just 100 years ago, these days it is only worn on festive occasions or special anniversaries. It is a formal dress and most Koreans keep a hanbok for special times in their life.” – visitkorea.or.kr
(more info https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AKR/AK_ENG_2_2.jsp)
My friend recommended this store for me which as I will try Hanbok for the first time so I thought it’s ok. First you need to send a reservation through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by adding Name, Date & Time and Number of Visitors.
Working hours: 9am to 7pm
Location: 2nd Floor, 4 Bukchonro5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (approximately 300m from Exit 2 of Anguk Station and across the road from Jae-dong Elementary School) Easy to find!
Pros: a lot of Hanbok to choose from with different sizes and styles (Modern Hanbok, not traditional one), Staffs which can speak English and of course Chinese, Good service mind
Cons: Accessories were kind of old (because it’s used by many customers).
More info visit http://www.onedayhanbok.com/
My recommendation is try to reserve early in the morning (before 1000am would be nice) because there will be more choices for you to choose from and the fitting room & dressing room are available. After 1000am will be CRAZY with many customers storm into the store! and I am so sure that you don’t want to be there lol.
For me, I rent for the whole day which cost around 30,000 won because I want to enjoy the day the fullest without any stress or worried of rushing back to the store. Then I went to Bukchon Hanok Village and Gyeongbokgung Palace which both are in different direction so…take your time to get lost lol.
Bukchon Hanok Village
The National Folk Museum of Korea
Hanbok that day
After tired of taking my own pictures lol, I decided to find some place cool with air-condition and of course with someone who could help taking my picture. So I looked it up on Bukchon Guidebook that I got from the bus stop near The National Folk Museum of Korea.
So I decided to visit second Habok that day store (Bukchon Hanok Village Store) for studio photography.
Working hours: 0930am ~ 0700pm
Location: 5 minutes from Bukchon Hanok Village, Changdeokgung Palace
More info visit: http://www.hanbokthatday.co.kr/
I arrived at the store around 1400pm without reservation but luckily! There’s no customer at that time so I could relax and chose my Hanbok which I paid about 30,000 won (rent Hanbok and studio photography).
Pros: Good service mind, New & Beautiful Hanbok with various sizes and styles, New accessories, Sending pictures via email in a few days, Professional photographer.
I am really happy with the pictures and already plan my next trip to Korea which I will visit Hanbok that day first store near Gyeongbokgung Palace which I can hire a photographer for outdoor photo shoot!
It was a GREAT experience of wearing Hanbok in Korea because you can visit many historical places without paying admission fees such as The National Folk Museum of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Unhyeongung and Deoksugung. Another thing when I wore Hanbok, I felt beautiful lol! Really! So…that’s why I decided to go on a quest of Hanbok hunting! I decided to buy one back home.
I did many researches through google which I found that nowadays there are many Korean designers who design a casual Hanbok for everyday wear! That was when my quest begins!
First thing that I learnt was there are many grades or qualities of Hanbok which depended on textile, cutting and etc. so price can go up to 150,000 won for just one piece!
After checking on a few brands I decided to visit WAYYU.
One of the brands for casual Hanbok with good quality & reasonable price.
Working hours: 9am – 7pm
Location: Nakseongdae station (Green line) exit no.8 and make a turn on the first allay then go straight up the hill about 3 mins. You will see the shop sign on your right and shop is on the first floor of the building.
More info visit: http://shop3.wayyu.cafe24.com/
Pros: reasonable price, good materials, good service mind, international shipping!
I tried just one time and fall in love with it immediately! So I got my own Hanbok and I wore it with PRIDE! LOVE IT!!!
Seoraksan National Park
with Saimdang, the great woman in history of Korea
Trust me…without Hanbok experience, you are not in Korea YET! Try it for once in a life time and preserve your memories and you will not regret it at all!
ENJOY KOREA 😉 💖💖💖