The traditional dress in Korea is called the hanbok, an elaborate set of clothes in vibrant colors and designs. While many of us know Koreans as leaders in modern style, locals in Seoul still revere the hanbok and wear it during traditional festivals and celebrations. Apart from that, they also wear the hanbok when they visit any of the royal palaces in Seoul since they can get in for free if they wear it.
During my visit to Seoul last November, I fell in love with the different hanbok my friends and I saw while touring the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the biggest of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon dynasty, Korea’s last dynasty that ruled for five centuries. The women wore it in different colors, in different styles, and paired with different shoes, bags, and hairpieces. It was like stepping back in time!
Check out the beautiful hanbok we saw during our trip:
To experience wearing the hanbok yourself, you can book a tour on KKDay.com using this link. You can create a customizable tour of your visit to Seoul, and they have airport transfers, city tours, amusement park entrance tickets,Korean Star Make-overs, K-Pop Song Recording Experience and even a real K-pop dance class! Yes, they also have tours of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Nami Island.
To enjoy this cultural experience and the rest of South Korea, AirAsia has the lowest fares going to Seoul.
For your accommodations, we recommend Novotel Ambassador Seoul Yongsan, which is part of the Seoul Dragon City hotelplex. It’s near a central train station and is a few minutes away from Seoul’s top tourist destinations!