Hi everyone! If you all have been following my blog, you guys would know I am an absolute sucker for free things. So before I went to Korea, I searched high and low for a FREE HANBOK EXPERIENCE. Thankfully, there was, to my surprise, more than one choice!
3 Places with FREE HANBOK EXPERIENCE IN SEOUL
1. Seoul Global Cultural Centre (the one we went to!) @ M Plaza, Myeongdong
Image from tripadvisor
- How to get there: Myeong-dong Station, Seoul Subway line 4, Exit #6 >> 200 meters from the station (at 5th floor of M Plaza- can see Zara)
- Booking is from 10am onwards
- The hanbok available are quite limited for guys but for girls there are many pretty pastel colours to choose from 🙂 The hanbok I am wearing is chosen by the staff! They will help you with the wearing and choosing of accessories
- Each hanbok can be worn for 10 minutes for photo-taking and there are photo backdrops of the palace and throne chairs for you to take photo with
- They have rental tripods and selfie sticks for free too but the day we were there, it was spoilt, so the staff kindly helped us take photos!
2. Myeongdong Tourist Information Center
Image from VisitKorea
- How to go: Euljiro 1-ga station (Line 2-Exit 6). Take the first left and walk straight. Look for a huge Paris Baguette Cafe and 7-11 store
- Can only wear 10 minutes
- Opens at 9am
- Look at this blog for a detailed write up on the experience!
3. K Style Hub (the newest!)
Image from iamontheroad.net
- How to go:
- Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (KTO Seoul Office, 5F)
- Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5 and walk for about 4-min. (direct route from noryangjin – 14min)
- Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 and walk for about 5-min.
- Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 and walk for about 8-min.
- Opens at 10am, located at level 5 of KTO Seoul Office
- Can wear for 1 hour (longest of the free experiences)
- Can wear hanbok out of the store with a deposit and ID!
- There are also many other activities to do at this new tourist hub! Click here to find out more
I wanted to go to the one at K style hub but the timing of our travel didn’t allow for it.
There are also many other places that you can rent Hanboks at a price. Some shops even allow you to purchase a “make up and hairdo” package at an extra fee to complete the look 🙂 The general cost of renting a Hanbok is about 15,000W for 4 hours based on the shops I see around Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. Some hanboks are super pretty!!! There are plenty of these shops around tourist spots so don’t worry about not being able to find one.
Many girls wear Hanboks to visit the palace for photo shoot and entrance is free if you do wear a Hanbok there!
Click here to look at some of the other places recommended by the official VisitKorea website.
Do share and comment to share more places/your experiences for free hanbok in Seoul! Thank you 🙂