Present Meets Past

After spending an amazing week exploring Hong Kong, I had to quickly pack my bags and fly to my next destination — Seoul, South Korea. I was accompanied by my trusted travel buddy from HK. Although we had no concrete plans for our trip, we had a great time spontaneously exploring Seoul together.

A Walk to Remember…

One of the biggest highlights of our trip was strolling around the Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁) while wearing traditional Korean clothes called hanbok (한복).

SAMSUNG CSCAstonished by the surroundings, our walk around Gyeongbokgung Palace was definitely a walk to remember. We were able to have a little taste of the past as we walk through the magnificent palace grounds while wearing beautiful hanboks.

It was also an exceptionally memorable moment because we never thought that we would all meet again in a city that is more than 6 000 miles away from Montreal, Quebec.
(Fun fact: old high school friends).

Instead of visiting the palace with normal everyday clothes, we decided that it would be fun to wear a hanbok during our visit. At first, we were excited and a little bit embarrassed to wear hanbok in broad daylight. However, we realized that it was unnecessary to feel that way because as soon as you walk towards the palace entrance, you will effortlessly spot other people wearing hanboks too. (from locals to foreigners)

BONUS: Admission to Seoul’s palaces is free when wearing a hanbok!SAMSUNG CSCYou will find a lot of people taking pictures everywhere.

You can bring your own tripod, selfie stick, or photographer friend! If you’re like us, ask strangers to take pictures of you as a group 🙂SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCDon’t be afraid to hold your own little photo shoot during your visit!

I believe my friends and I took over 700 pictures! I had to change my memory card half way.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCWe received so many compliments from people while walking around in hanbok.SAMSUNG CSCSome secretly took pictures from far.SAMSUNG CSC& Some were more confident to ask us to take a picture with them.

Actually, on our way out of the palace, a group of French people ran towards us asking to take a picture with them. They were definitely a funny bunch. They were surprised in the end when they found out that we also speak French and that we understood every single thing they were saying.SAMSUNG CSCIt was such a wonderful day. SAMSUNG CSCHere’s a glimpse of the hanbok’s colorful chima (치마)  [“skirt”].FullSizeRenderAnd the photo shoot continues… SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCWe were very lucky that it was a little windy that day because we would’ve been drenched in sweat otherwise.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCOur friend kind of reminded us of the character Dae Jang Geum from the drama Jewel in the Palace. So, we kept teasing her by humming the song Onara (an OST from the drama) whenever she walked towards us. SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCLook at the details around the palace. And, don’t forget to look up! SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCHere are two of the many wacky pictures we took during our visit.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCWhere to Rent a Hanbok?

There’s a lot hanbok rental shops to choose from around the city, especially near the palaces.

As for us, we rented our hanbok at doryeongassi (도령아씨). This rental shop is conveniently located. It is only 3 mins away from Gyeongbokgung Palace. They are open from 9am until 7pm. & Most importantly, the staffs are very helpful!

Location: 5F, Gyeongbok Building, 107-4, Jeokseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

(서울특별시 종로구 적선동 107-4 경복빌딩 503호)

How to get there?

Take exit 3 of Gyeongbokgung Station. Walk straight past the pharmacy and then turn right. Keep your eyes open for hanbok rental signs on your right. Once you find the 5-story building just enter and take the elevator up to the fifth floor.  Voilà, you’ve arrived at your destination!

Visit their website for more info:

       [Please note: This is not sponsored. Simply sharing where we rented ours :)]SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCThey have a wide range of hanbok available for you to rent.

The price varies depending on the hanbok that you choose.

As for us, we rented royal hanbok for 2hrs and paid around 20 000 KRW.SAMSUNG CSCDon’t be scared to ask the staffs for help! Don’t worry they don’t bite. They’re very nice. 😉 They can help you choose a hanbok that will fit you.SAMSUNG CSCIMG_3384The staff helped us, clueless kids, put on the hanbok and fix our hairs. They have various hair accessories and bags to match your hanbok.

& most importantly, they provide a complimentary locker for you to store your personal belongings while you walk around the city with you beautiful hanbok. Just don’t lose the key! 😉FullSizeRender 4Alright, that’s it for today!
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a good day!:)

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