Oneday Hanbok (원데이한복)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

I totally regret not wearing hanbok (한복) on the first few days of our trip when the weather was warmer because it started to get really cold towards the end of November and the beginning of December. In fact, it was actually raining on the day that I had initially booked to wear hanbok so I rescheduled to the next day. Little did we know, that day turned out to the coldest day out of the 2 weeks we were in Korea—it fell down to a whopping -5°C!

Oneday Hanbok is a place where you can rent and experience Korean culture by wearing hanbok, the traditional dress of Korea. You can rent it for an entire day or a minimum of 4 hours. We choose to rent it for 4 hours—but because it was SO cold, we only did it for about 2 hours before returning to the shop (sigh). For 4 hours, it cost us 13,000 won each (which is about AUD$15). You also have to pay a deposit of 80,000 per hanbok if you provide them with a copy of your ID/passport OR 30,000 won with your original ID/passport.

You can go literally anywhere in Seoul while wearing hanbok, but if you're unsure as to where to go, Oneday Hanbok's website also conveniently provides a list of recommended places for you to visit. I suggest going to any of the palaces because entrance is free if you're wearing hanbok. We went to Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁) because I got the impression that it would have less tourists than Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)—though, I don't think there would be many people there anyways considering how cold it was that day!

When wearing this traditional dress, it's best to tie your hair back in a low ponytail because it'll give you a "cleaner" look. But because my hair was so short and wasn't at a length past my shoulders, it didn't look as good from the back as opposed to having long hair. I also shouldn't have worn a top inside a high neckline, but that was something I couldn't avoid because it was simply too cold to be just wearing one layer underneath.

When planning out my itinerary to include a hanbok experience, I was tossing over Oneday Hanbok or Goguan Hanbok Photo Studio in Insadong (인사동). But because we could only stay inside the studio if we went to the Goguan Hanbok Photo Studio, I decided that Oneday Hanbok would be a better experience. Plus, I figured that photos would be more natural looking if they were taken in a real palace than if we had taken them in a set with a background of a palace.

If you're in Korea, or planning to go to Korea, Oneday Hanbok is something I highly suggest people to try out. The staff was friendly and could speak many languages, including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Korean. It's not very expensive and you get to choose from a wide range of hanbok. My view is that, if you're going to wear hanbok, you might as well go all out. I'm even planning to do it again the next time I'm in Seoul. (Hopefully it'll be warmer then!)

Oneday Hanbok (원데이한복)
Level 2, 4 Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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  1. hi , do you know how long the times taken that you walk from oneday hanbok to Changdeokgung and Changdeokgung to Gyeongbokgung? because we are rent hanbok for 4 hrs, i afraid is not enough time to visit this 2 places. hope that you can share your experience with us.

    1. Hi SzEyANg, given the short amount of time, I wouldn't recommend walking to either of the locations. Take your preferred mode of transportation (train/bus/taxi) to the palaces so you don't waste your time travelling to and from different places. Make the most of those 4 hours taking photos and enjoying your time in hanbok.


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