Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hanbok Tour at Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

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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

 If you enter Gyeongbokgung via Gwanghwamun gate, these pillars will welcome you as these are part of Hungnyemun gate, the first gate inside the palace. We thought it's an interesting place for a photo opportunity as it compliments with our Hanbok.


Gunjeongjun area
This is the Gunjeongjun area or a throne hall. This is where you can see the throne of the King. And if you are wondering what is inside the throne hall at Gunjeongjun and how's the throne of the King looks like, this is it:


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/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onedayseoul
Email: onedayhb@naver.com
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.






29 comments:

  1. I would love to visit Korea! It looks like you had an amazing time and caputred some fantastic photos too. If I ever get to go, I no know to be sure to rent and wear Hanbok ~ I think that would make the trip more meaningful to dress like the natives anywhere your journey takes you :D

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    1. Indeed... It was fun to wear Hanbok on tour.

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  2. How beautiful! I'd LOVE to visit here one day. I've always loved Asian architecture and culture.

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  3. What an amazing place to visit. It's absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your photos.

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  4. How colorful and I love your pictures! I would love to visit there some day, looks like so much history!

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  5. You giving me the travel bug! This place looks lovely! I'd love to visit, hopefully soon!

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  6. Korea is definitely on my bucket list. You have just made me want to go that much more! Great post and images

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  7. East Asian culture fascinates me. I'm half Japanese/half Filipino and visiting Asia is on my list of travel destinations.

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  8. This looks and sounds beautiful. I just flew through Incheon in November on my way to and from Vietnam. On the way back we had a 5-hour layover, but it just wasn't quite enough to leave the airport and explore. Next time I am going to make it a true stopover!

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  9. This looks amazing! I totally want to go there and visit!

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  10. So so so so beautiful! I would love to travel more, I'm missing out on so much culture.

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  11. How beautiful. The only palace/ temple I've been to was in Hawaii they had a gorgeous 50 ft. Gold Buddha inside.

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  12. I absolutely love that architecture! The painting and artwork is so beautiful. I'd love to visit this palace!

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  13. All of your pictures look amazing! It seems like you had a great trip there. It must've been very inspiring to be able to go to a palace! I'm very jealous!

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  14. What a stunning piece of architecture to visit. I would love to travel to Korea one day.

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  15. Omg amazing photos!!!! Being a history major in college I would love to visit someday!!!!!

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  16. Love your photos! Sounds like an amazing place to visit, definitely one for the bucket list :)

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  17. I love all the architecture, the buildings look so beautiful; I would love to got and visit Gyeuongbokgung Palace one day!

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  18. I love everything that you capture in your photos. I love how peaceful the open area looks and the colors are amazing. I might have to come and visit one day.

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  19. Very cool! I love the photos - what an amazing experience!

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  20. What a great showcase of photos along with an informative post. I've never been to a place like that and I am not sure I'll ever get the chance to visit Korea, so thank you for sharing.

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  21. Those are some awesome pictures! I would love to take the Hanbok Tour someday. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  22. What a great introduction to Seoul, Korea. We had a short stay some years ago, but didn't get to see much. I plan to return and will make sure to visit all the places you mentioned.

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  23. Oh Wow, what a truly stunning place! I love the colour of the clothes. Will definitely have to make a trip there!

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  24. I hope to travel the world one day. Korea seems like a beautiful place to explore. Your photos are lovely.

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  25. Wow, what an amazing place, it just oozes culture. Your pictures are fantastic!

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  26. It looks like you all had an amazing time. I would love to visit the Korea some day. I almost did when I was in the service but didn't turn out that way. The Gyeongbokgung Palace looks amazing. Your picture are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. There is something that is just awe inspiring about the way it looks. It is just so beautiful. Maybe I will get to see it someday.

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  28. That looks soo amazing! What an awesome time!

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