[TRAVELS] 원데이한복 / Oneday Hanbok @ Anguk, Seoul

Posted by swisscheese on Jun 24, 2017 in culture, palace, seoul, traditional clothes, travel |

During my Korea trip with the BFF back in April, Vivian did a couple of research on where to rent traditional hanboks and managed to find a hanbok rental place called OneDay Hanbok.

원데이한복 / OneDay Hanbok
서울특별시 종로구 재동 12, 2층 도로명주소 /
2nd Floor, 12 Jae-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
+82 70-4202-4310

Prior to our trip, Vivian made an appointment for 2 for a duration of 4 hours at a cost of 15,000 per pax via email. Our appointment was at 10am but since we were late, we took a taxi there and arrived at 10:40am. We were surprised to see so many people in the fitting room and were considering whether we should leave but decided to stay after much thought. There were actually many international students in OneDay Hanbok so the fitting room, dressers and such were all fully occupied. So once you set your sights on a Hanbok, make sure you hold on to it tightly before it gets taken away. The hanbok I have selected almost got taken away by another customer who loves it so much but thankfully, the shop attendee managed to take it back for me.The procedure goes like this:

1. You have to keep your bags in the locker.

2. Choose two hanboks to try on.

3. Once you have made your decision on the two hanboks, the store personnel will assist you to try on one hanbok at a time.

4. You have to make a decision on one out of two of the hanboks you have tried. If you want to try on the third hanbok, there will be additional charges for that.

5. The hanbok that you did not choose will be returned.

6. Next, you head to the dressing room to choose your clutch and fix your hair with the straightener, curler, pins and hair ties that the store provide.

7. You take your bags out of the locker and put it in this huge tote bag that they give you. The zips of the tote bag is not really working though so they will tie it in a way that will be difficult to open. However, please bring your valuables such as cash, cellphones, cameras and passports along and put it in the clutch that you chose.

8. Make payment and put your deposit at the counter and your time starts right after the cash is collected.

북촌한옥마을 / Bukchon Hanok Village

Since OneDay Hanbok is located at Bukchon Hanok Village, Vivian and I decided to do our first photoshoot at this area first. Seoul has developed so much that you have seen many high rise buildings and many areas provide free wifi. If you did not already now, Bukchon Hanok Village is one of the few areas preserved for tourists to view where the the high ranking government officials live during the Joseon Dynasty. Currently, there are many people either living in the hanoks or renting the hanoks out to others. Thus, it is very important to keep your volume down upon walking past these hanoks. I was very annoyed how some inconsiderate tourists shout across to call their friends along when we were around the area. The third picture shows Vivian and I acting like we were standing outside the door of the hanok ready to be summoned by the government officials. During the Joseon Dynasty, servants have to enter the hanok via the smaller door. Thus, the forth and fifth pictures depict it. The last picture portrays the intricate details of our clutch and hanboks.

창덕궁과 후원 / Changdeokgung Palace
서울특별시 종로구 율곡로 99 (와룡동) /
99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 

Since we only had 4 hours to wear the hanbok, we went to the nearest palace to explore the place, as well as take photos with our hanbok. If you are wearing hanbok, you get to enter the palace for free. How awesome is that? We first went to Changdeokgung Palace, which is first constructed in 1405 and finally completed in 1412 during the fifth year of the 3rd King Taejong’s reign. Although Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main palace then, the construction of Changdeokgung Palace gave a balance to the capital city so Gyeongbokgung Palace became the palace of the west and Changdeokgung Palace, along with Changgyeonggung Palace became the palace of the east. During the invasion of the Japanese in 1592 however, the palaces were destroyed by fire and Changdeokgung Palace was restored only in 1610 but became the main palace for 270 years until the dynasty’s last king, Sunjong.

창경궁 / Changgyeonggung Palace
서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 185 (와룡동) /
185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

From Changdeokgung Palace, you are able to access Changgyeonggung Palace internally but you have to pay additional cost to view the garden. Vivian and I were so tired to explore this palace further so we just visited this palace briefing, took a couple of pictures and appreciate the flowers, architecture and such before leaving.

I think the hanbok helps you walk with a straight posture, which is why we were aching all over after wearing the hanbok for four hours. As you know, a lot of us usually spend most of our time in front of the computer during work so we may not be used to wearing traditional costumes like this. We walked back to OneDay Hanbok in about 20-30 minutes, removed our hanboks and collected our items. Once the shop personnel has checked that there are no defects on the hanboks, they will return us our deposit and let us go.

Nearest Station: Anguk Station – Exit 2

Even though I have wore hanbok twice four years ago at Seoul Kimchi Academy School & Seoul Tourism Center, OneDay Hanbok gave me a better experience since I am able to take photos with my hanbok at Seoul’s historical and traditional places as mentioned above. Thanks to my BFF for discovering this place!



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