Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul

Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul

Renting a hanbok is a must when visiting South Korea. Visiting one of the palaces or the Bukchon Hanok Village? Then, definitely rent a hanbok. Come with me and I’ll show you how.

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Hanbok Rental Shop How-to

I knew I wanted to choose a rental shop near both the Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Bukchon hanok Village. There were a lot of options online. There are an insane amount of Hanbok shops to choose from.

Do not choose a shop based solely on online searches. While I was mostly happy with the choices online, I couldn’t even find the original shop I saw online. There are so many shops located in alleys and side streets. It’s a complete maze.

Also, the ones online had prices advertised way higher than the shops steps from the Bukchon Hanok Village.

“Children’s Hanbok” Shop Experience

I rented from a shop whose name translates to “Children’s Hanbok.” They had a wide selection of styles. They also had a range of sizes that will fit foreigners. Would I recommend them? When it comes to the location, no. For the price, no. Thinking about overall experience, I enjoyed it.

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They are not located that close to the Bukchon Hanok Village or any of the palaces. It was hard to find the shop again to return the hanboks. The woman at the shop gave us a card with the address so we could find the location again.

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There are a lot of shops closer to the Bukchon Hanok Village that are lower in price. I paid around 20,000 ₩ (approx. $18 USD) for a two hour rental. That included the top, bottom, petticoat and handbag. Shops closer to the village displayed signs for 7,000 ₩ for two hour rentals.

Besides the price and location, I liked the shop for its experience. The shop owner catered to my needs. She helped my friend and I pick out hanboks that were to our liking and fit well. She even took photos of us and showed us how to pose. Between her limited English and my extremely limited Korean we were able to communicate well enough.

Besides the hanbok, you are given a locker and key to leave your personal belongings. Take your most important items with you though.

The Bottom Line

While I recommend this shop for the experience, the hard to find location and the price mean I will not revisit the shop again.

Head to the Bukchon Hanok Village or any of he palaces. Take the number 3 line subway to Anguk station. Use exit #1 I believe. As you are on your way to the village you will see plenty of rental shops. I think Bukchon-ro 5na gil (북촌로5길) is a close enough street to start looking for rentals. You are very close to the village by then. The rental prices will be closer to 7,000 ₩ for a two hour rental.

If you rent hanbok in Seoul definitely send a picture.

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