When I searched online for things to do on our holiday in Seoul, something that caught my eye was a hanbok experience, complete with a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace. I was sure that Zee would absolutely love that. Little did I realize just how tremendously I – the mom, the adult, the person who made the booking as something fun for her child – would enjoy every second of it!
There’s something magical about wearing those beautiful traditional outfits, in that incredible city which I’d never dreamt we’d actually visit anytime soon. The moment I stepped into my pink and silver hanbok, I felt like a princess (or rather a queen, according to Zee, since she’s the princess). Zee was saying something to me while I was gazing at myself in the full length mirror, and I was like “not now baby, mommy’s having a moment!” 😂
Hanbok rental from Hanboknam
I booked Hanboknam’s Winter Promo hanbok experience on Klook, and it was truly worth it. The discounted price on Klook was so good, I bought a voucher for each of us, as Shawn also agreed to get in on the fun.
The vouchers include rental of the hanbok for 4 hours, with a Winter accessory (shawl/bolero/scarf/earmuffs etc), and hairstyling. Hanboknam has an amazing selection of hanboks, and if you don’t find the one you want, there’s another branch just a few stores away. Park, the young lady who assisted us was so friendly and helpful. Once you choose the two hanboks you’d like to try on, she helps you wear them, and then she styles your hair – Zee opted for a bun, and I chose a braid.
Here’s a little video showing what happens at Hanboknam, and Zee’s transformation into a Korean princess:
Once we were all dressed and feeling like royals, we headed to a palace – obvs. 😁
Gyeongbokgung Palace was built during the early years of the Joseon Dynasty, and was the main royal palace. War and invasion saw the destruction of this beautiful palace, but efforts to fully restore it began in 1990. It is one of the most iconic sights in Korea, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to see it.
Is this a must do when in Seoul?
Seoul is such a fabulous, modern city with loads to do. It’s also massive, which means we totally have to visit again, so we can do EVERYTHING! And in the middle of it all, you find this palace and these clothes from an era usually only seen in historical K-Dramas. It’s an opportunity to go back in time, and feel like a royal for a few hours… and it’s just so much fun – there was laughter, twirling, more laughter, and even some serious pouting and sulking when it was time to return the hanboks (and all of that was just me). So yes, it’s definitely at the top of my “must do when in Seoul” list!