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|Wearing Hanbok while enjoying the sights at Gyeongbokgung Palace|
Photo Credit to Anny Martinez
Gyeongbokgung Palace also known as "Gyeongbokgung" or "Gyeongbok Palace" is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Seoul, South Korea. There are actually five palaces in Korea but Gyeongbokgung stands out because it is the largest and at the same time the most beautiful. A tourist should never leave Korea without paying a visit to this famous palace.
Gyeongbokgung was built in 1935 during the Joseon Dynasty. It was destroyed during the Japanese invasion and was restored by King Gojong during his reign. The place is full of historical information that could help you travel back to the Joseon Dynasty era. If you want to experience traditional Korean culture and reminisce the past of Korea, the walls, the building and other artifacts in Gyeongbokgung will help you imagine how was it living in a palace during the Joseon Dynasty.
What better way to engulf yourself in Korean culture is to wear the Korean traditional dress called Hanbok while enjoying the historical ambiance of Gyeongbokgung. It was such an interesting experience for us to wear Hanbok while roaming around the palace because we felt like we were reliving the memories of Joseon Dynasty. We are not really familiar about the history of Korea and the way people live in the palace, but the Hanbok that we wore during that tour, it made us part of the history.
Let me introduce you to some parts of Gyeongbokgung while wearing the Hanbok with pride and honor. Let's start here:
|Entrance to the living quarter of the King and Queen|
This door is the entrance to the King and Queen's living quarter. This is the area where they carried on their routine affairs.
|Spacious area in Gyeongbokgung|
The whole palace is not just congested with buildings and walls, there are spacious areas where you can just take a walk or relax or breath some fresh air. If you feel like tired of discovering ancient artifacts and whatnot in the palace, you can go these areas to relax a little bit.
|In front of Hyangwonjeong|
Photo credit to Anny Martinez
This is Hyangwonjeong, it is a hexagonal pavilion built in the middle of an islet. You need to cross the bridge to go to the pavilion.
|Part of Hungnyemun|
Photo credit to Anny Martinez
|Throne of the King|
Nobody could get closer to the throne. You can only look at it at a certain area.
These are just few things you can see at Gyeongbokgung. There are still a lot of areas that must be visited. These are the places that could help you get familiar with the Korean history, culture and tradition. And of course, the trip to Gyeongbokgung palace was extra special because of the Hanbok we wore. If you want to experience this kind of trip, you can rent a Hanbok for one day for a very cheap price only. The only rental shop of Hanbok in Seoul I know is the One Day Hanbok shop which is located approximately 300 meters away from the Exit 3 of Anguk Station. For only 3,500 Korean won per hour, you can enjoy your trip and make it extra special with this special Korean dress. If you want to rent it for one whole day, you can pay for only 21,500 Korean won. If you want to rent it for only 4 hours, you can pay for only 9,500 Korean won. The price is cheap compared to any other Hanbok rental shops available in Seoul. The shop is also easy to locate, check out the detailed direction to go to One Day Hanbok shop HERE.
Aside from Gyeongbokgung, you can also rent Hanbok and wear it on tour to other tourist spots in Korea like Bukchon Hanok Village, Namsan Tower, Dongdaemun Design Plaza and everywhere. It is your prerogative to choose where you want to bring and wear the Hanbok within South Korea.
For more information about One Day Hanbok, contact the owner through the following links:
Website Contact Page: http://www.onedayhanbok.com/contact/
Telephone: (+82) 70-4202-4310
Next time you plan your trip to Korea, do it with a twist. Wear Hanbok and enjoy the attractions in Korea. It will give you a different feeling because Koreans will look up to you and you will gain their respect for wearing their traditional dress. So if you want an extra memorable and special trip, rent a Hanbok and tour Seoul in one day.