[Seoul, South Korea] A hanbok experience through ancient and modern times! A guide to walking around Gyeongbokgung Palace, Samcheong-dong, and Bukchon Hanok Village.

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Let’s write about this relaxing trip to Korea. This trip was with Jeffy's mother, sister and brother (a family trip). Because there are elders this time, the journey is deliberately looser. On this day, we were free to walk around Seoul, visiting famous areas such as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Samcheong-dong. We went there more than a month. We changed into thin traditional hanbok and the strong wind blew in. It was really super cold! When there is no photo taken, basically everyone is tightly wrapped in down jackets. To be honest, the travel experience is not very good, but it is rare to come to Korea once, and I have to bite the bullet and put it on. Although it is very painful right now, I saw this when I came back. The photos are all worth it~

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Since Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest palace among the five major palaces in the city, we chose Gyeongbokgung Palace in the one-day costume tour, and then walked to Samcheong-dong, the shooting location of the Korean drama "Ghosts". Various shops, after a half-day visit to the historical sites, you can slow down, and it’s nice to stroll around the business district. Then we enter the neighboring quaint Bukchon Hanok Village, and there are neatly lined up houses full of traditional Korean architecture along the way. No matter how you shoot, it is not greasy. It is definitely a killer of memory! This article shares our half-day itinerary in Seoul, including the location of attractions, transportation, and Hanbok experience.

Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

There are five famous palaces in Seoul, namely Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeok Palace, Changgyeong Palace, Gyeonghee Palace, and Deoksugung Palace. These ancient palaces stand in the very modern and thorough urban area of Seoul, forming a very strong contrast, but It also shows that these palaces are so precious in such an environment! Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most famous monuments in downtown Seoul, and it was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty in the past. After getting off the bus at Gyeongbokgung Station, follow the signs in the direction of Exit 5 and you will see it (you will see an "Old Gate" after exiting the gate, that's right!), it is a very easy spot to find. After leaving the subway station, you can clearly see the "Yongchengmen" right in front of you! But it should be noted that since we went there in winter (end of January), we must wear enough warm clothes! There are no large buildings near Gyeongbokgung Palace. The environment is relatively empty, the wind keeps blowing, and the body temperature will be lower.

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▲After taking the photo, we hurry up and put on our jackets, otherwise it will be so cold as Pipi
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▲It's too cold, so I hid in the shop aside and drank hot drinks from the wind.

The internal buildings of Gyeongbokgung Palace are largely intact. If you wear Hanbok, you can enter the park for free. All shops nearby are renting Hanbok. The more you go into the alley, the easier it is to find some cheaper rental options. Acting as a nobleman strolling in Gyeongbokgung Palace, as long as you change into ancient clothes, you don’t realize that you want to take pictures everywhere~ We were lucky to have a guard changing ceremony that day, just like the guard handover ceremony at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan , Are Korean guards in ancient costumes.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

  • Address: 161. Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03045, Republic of Korea
  • Business hours: March-May 09:00-18:00 / June-August 09:00-18:30 / September-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00 -17:00

The hanbok on the day of the hanbok rental (그날그한복)

Since we entered Gyeongbokgung Palace from Exit 5, we saw many tourists wearing hanbok along the road, but no businesses. Later, I gradually walked out of the crowd, only to find that most of the merchants renting hanbok are located on Samcheong-ro. The closer the merchants to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the more crowds will increase and the higher the price. We walked slowly to "The hanbok of that day," in the alley.그날그한복"The Hanbok rental store has a history of more than 50 years. In addition to the Hanbok rental, there are also many cute decorations in the store. You can take pictures with some cute backgrounds here.

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The rental is divided into two styles: A and B. Style A focuses on more traditional clothing. The rental time and price are shown in the figure below (10,000 won for two hours), while Style B is a more gorgeous Hanbok (15,000 won for 2 hours) , The store provides accessories such as hair bands and waist wear, and can also store changed clothes. There happened to be a Chinese-speaking sister in the store, who was also very good at communicating.

▲Price list for rented clothes, the picture is taken from the official website

We choose Plan B. Girls use the most basic hairstyles. Simple braids and headwear are free of charge. In addition, because of the cold weather, there are free shawls on girls' shoulders. Male hats basically charge a fee. We are five of us together, and my mother and the proprietress bargained for two free male hats. In addition, the store also provides photo services (family photos or personal photos). For detailed prices, please refer toOfficial website.

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▲Rental hair accessories

The clerk will help you match the clothes and hang them up to let you see how it feels. In principle, a person only has the chance to try them twice. You have to choose a good choice before entering the fitting room. The clerk said that wearing white will make you more youthful. It feels that the two of us choose classic color matching, white with red skirt, and mother chooses darker blue skirt, which looks noble and elegant. The clerk will also help to change the clothes attentively. After putting it on, I learned that the hanbok is surrounded by circles of iron wire! It's no wonder that the skirt can be so surging, and it's cute to toss it around in circles.

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The most special thing about this hanbok rental shop is that it provides a lot of backgrounds to take photos for free. It seems to be taking a Korean family portrait. Because there were no customers that day, the clerk and sister helped us to take several photos.

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That hanbok that day (그날그한복)

  • Address: 36, Yulgok-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Business hours 09:30~ 19:00

Samcheong-dong (삼청동)

After visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, you might as well visit the nearby Samcheong-dong business district. When it comes to Samcheong-dong, you have to mention the well-known stone wall road. Place), you can imagine a chance encounter with Kong Liu, taking a few beautiful photos with the stone wall behind him! If you continue to walk down, you will gradually see some commercial districts. In addition to many souvenir shops, there are also many lovely cafes. After shopping for a morning, let us jump back to the 21st century and continue shopping!

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▲The famous old man kisses graffiti
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▲ Installation art around Samcheong-dong
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▲There are many shops in the Samcheongdong business district
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  • Address: Search Samcheong-dong on the map
  • Business hours: 09:00-21:00, depending on the business situation

Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

Then let us enter the leisurely spot-Bukchon Hanok Village! Walking along Samcheong-dong, you will arrive at Bukchon Hanok Village. Bukchon Hanok Village is located between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeok Palace. It was the residence of nobles in the past and a precious old house listed as a world cultural heritage. Every house and every street corner are very good photos. Putting aside the pressure of rushing the trip, immersed in this ancient atmosphere, and walked some of the roads that the locals were accustomed to, but we looked at each brick and tile, and ecstatically photographed on the doorplate of the ancient house. Tourism seems to be such a thing!

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Although it is a cultural relic of the world, this place is actually the home of others. Try not to make a lot of noise when you are strolling, and don't disturb the residents when you stroll too late. Although this section of the road in Bukchon Hanok Village is steep and bumpy compared to Samcheong-dong and Gyeongbokgung Palace, in such a quiet and simple environment, the fatigue of the feet seems to disappear instantly. In fact, there are places to rent hanbok here, but here are all hillside roads, it will be more difficult to walk, suitable for travelers with better physical strength.

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On the way, we met a lot of tourists gathering. It turned out that a painter was painting the scenery of Bukchon Hanok Village on the spot. Among them, his strokes were extremely detailed, drawing the outline of the ancient house one by one. It's amazing!

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▲The artist is drawing the scenery of Hanok Village

Going up, we inadvertently found the Bukchon Observatory, a location where you can see the entire Bukchon Hanok Village. The ticket is 7000 won, and it comes with a drink, which looks like a private balcony. We were tired from walking and decided to take a break. It was a very comfortable experience to have a cup of hot tea in the cold weather and sit in the observatory overlooking the entire ancient house.

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Bukchon Hanok Village

  • Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, 계동길 37, Seoul, South Korea
  • Opening hours: 10:00 ~17:00 (weekdays and Saturdays) / closed on Sundays
  • Restricted area: Approximately 100 meters in the area of Bicun Road 11th Street

The above is our one-day tour of historical sites in downtown Seoul! After visiting the major business districts of Seoul, if you want to walk around the leisurely, cultural and cultural attractions, you can refer to our itinerary to see the famous historical sites in Seoul and experience the fun and beautiful Hanbok. !

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