Wearing a Korean traditional Hanbok

Ever since I was a little girl and saw Mulan, later on Korean dramas and even later on Memoirs of a Geisha I’ve been wanting to dress up in a gorgeous Asian traditional dress. In Japan I didn’t get the chance but in Seoul this dream became reality as I, together with Chris and some of our friends, got to wear traditional Korean hanboks. Directions to the place where we went can be found at the bottom of the post.

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A lot of strangers wanted to take a picture with me in Seoul, I’m assuming because of my height (1.80m/5ft11). All of them, except one who jumped on me, were really polite so I accepted happily. However after I while I decided that it be cool to remember all these strangers with whom I’ve taken a picture and from that point on I also took one with my camera. Above you can see Namsangol Hanok Village, the place where all the pictures where taken.

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We tried on the hanboks and participated in a tea ceremony. I was very disappointed in the tea ceremony and will therefore not mention it here on this blog. In total we payed 8800 Won which equals at this moment to 5,96 euro/7,66 dollar, of which around 5000 was for the costume fitting. There were a lot of nice hanboks, but unfortunately all where too short for me and Chris! Of course that didn’t spoil the fun, as we just had to work the angle when taking standing shots!

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Taking a group shot.

The place where you can take pictures is a little open Hanok (traditional Korean building). Outside some really beautiful flowers were blooming so Chris and I decided to snap a picture with it. Later on we found out you’re not allowed to step out of the house with the traditional cloths on, but luckily we managed to snap a few pictures before we got told off.

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Us playing around with the various hats that were available. The one I’m wearing is for guys. Girls are supposed to wear some sort of band with a flower on the middle of your head. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have those, as I find the headpiece the highlight of Korean costumes.

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With Love,

Elise Mooijman

How to get there?
Take the blue or orange line to Chungmuro station, get out at exit 4. On the corner is a G25 convenience store. Here you take a right. The Hanok Village is only a few meters straight ahead from here on.   

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