Hanbok Experience

Since I’ve posted my picture wearing a hanbok, people have been asking me where to rent it. What they don’t know is they can experience wearing a hanbok without even paying for it. I made this post to help tourist find the spots where they can experience wearing a hanbok. Trip to Korea won’t be complete without wearing a hanbok!

10 minute free hanbok experience at Seoul Global Cultural Center, Myeongdong


Hanbok is a traditional Korean dress. Koreans usually wear it during special occasions.

Parts of the hanbok:

  • Jeogori (저고리) – the basic upper garment of the hanbok
  • Chima (치마) – the skirt of the women’s hanbok
  • Paji (바지) – the pants of the men’s hanbok
  • Po (포) – the outer robe or over coat in hanbok
Bukchon Hanok Village

Rent A Hanbok

  • Insadong PR Center
    • Price: 3,000 won for 20 minutes
    • Location: 19, Insadong 11-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • Website: http://www.hiinsa.com/eng/
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence
    • Price: 3,300 won for 20 minutes
    • Location: 464, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • Website: http://www.unhyeongung.or.kr/index_eng.php
  • Hanok Homestay Information Center
    • Price: 8,000 won with one Polaroid Photo
    • Location: 20-27, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • Website: http://hanokstay.org/?LangCode=ENG
  • Namsangol Hanok Village
    • Price: 5,000 won for 30 minutes
    • Location: 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • Website: http://hanokmaeul.or.kr/
  • Bukchon Hanok Village
    • Price: 7,000 won
    • Location: Bukchon-ro 12-gil
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Free Hanbok Experience at Bosingak Belfry

Free Hanbok Experience

  • Seoul Global Cultural Center
    • Price: Free but limited to 10 minutes
    • Location: 5F, M Plaza, 27, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • Website: http://seoulculturalcenter.com/
  • Deoksugung Palace’s Daehanmun Gate
    • Price: Free but limited to 10 minutes
    • Location: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • K Style Hub
    • Price: Free
    • Location: 5F, 40,Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Gwanghwamun Square
    • Price: Free
    • Location: 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Myeongdong Tourist Information Center
    • Price: Free
    • Location: 66, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • You can email your picture or print it out for 1,000 won.
  • Bosingak Belfry
    • Price: Free
    • Location: 54 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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Bukchon Hanok Village

PS. Admission to palaces is free when you are wearing hanbok!

You may visit Gyeongbukgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, or Gyeonghuigung Palace. <3

And if you’re tired of being a princess, you could try being a eunuch! 😛

Hong Ra On Hanbok (Travel with Karla).jpg
Free hanbok experience at K Style Hub




38 Replies to “Hanbok Experience”

  1. Love your blog!!! 🙂

    1. Travel with Karla says: Reply

      Thank you!

  2. Aaaaah! Thank you for sharing all of theses. Saving this article for my future trip to Korea!

  3. Mikhaela Javier says: Reply

    I tried wearing quite a lot of hanbok before but it still feels weird everytime I wear one. hahaha
    I enjoyed it the most when we had an event for Korean tourism and it’s our uniform for two days. People come to take photos with us lol

  4. You look amazing! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. […] I’m extremely honored to be one of the models of the award winning coffee painter, Mr. Rens Tuzon. Check out this painting below. Yup! That’s me wearing a hanbok! […]

  6. That’s cool. As you can see from my profile pic I hold other cultures in high regard. A trip to south east Asia is on my bucket list.

  7. You are indeed lucky to be able to have that experience. I would love to try not only wearing a hanbok but to travel to Korea too!

  8. Huge kdrama fan. I would love to dress up like a eunuch like Moonlight Drawn by Clouds! What an amazing experience. I will have to live vicariously through your trips until I can make my own. Thanks for sharing!

  9. […] much as I love wearing hanbok, I also love to wear a Filipiniana. These are the traditional clothes of the […]

  10. Hi, Karla! I am a gov’t employee in the Phils & I’m planning to travel to SoKor. I just wanna ask, do you have to present your “leave of absence” form at the airport? I hope you can help me with this. Thank you & God bless!

  11. Wow.. you get to change so many hanboks… i am envious.. I only tried two different costumes when i was in Seoul

  12. Wow…. lucky gal gets to dress up so many different hanbok. I only managed to try it twice during my Korea trip.

  13. Hi dear. You looks beautiful wearing Hanbok. Nice picture too

  14. Hi dear. You looks beautiful in Hanbok. I wish 1 day i will go there

  15. Aww… Really want to have a try to wear hanbok while travelling to Korea. I’m sure the felling is just awesome to feel like a tradition beauty at Korea while wearing the hanbok <3<3<3

  16. Hi! I just bumped into your blog! Your contents are very insightful. I just recently developed interest in Korean culture and I am trying to read and watch as much travel articles and videos as I can. I am hoping to be able to visit Seoul as soon as I find some free time. I have a question about hanboks, though…Do you know if they come in bigger sizes? Because I really want to try wearing it. But seeing a lot of very slim Korean models, I wonder if there are hanboks that could fit plus size women like me?

    1. Hello Mary! Thanks for reading my blog. Hanbok comes in different sizes. You can find them in the rental shops.

  17. […] wearing a hanbok, one of my bucket list is to wear a Korean Uniform! I’ve always wanted to try it because of […]

  18. Hi Karla,
    I sent you an email 🙂
    Hope to hear back from you soon.
    Thank you

  19. […] a big fan of hanbok. I feel like a princess whenever I wear it. It’s one of the things that I like about Korea. […]

  20. […] also have hanbok for rent. It costs 20,000 won. I didn’t think twice! The pictures are really better if […]

  21. […] you are following me on Facebook, you’ll know how much I love wearing hanbok. I even made a list about the places you can use it for free! I’ve tried a couple of hanboks but this time is different. I was able to go around wearing […]

  22. thank you for this post…i’m planning to bring my daughter to Korea for a visit.
    your blog is so helpful…

  23. […] Wear a hanbok for free. […]

  24. […] I found the costume at K-Style Hub. Click here for more information about hanbok. […]

  25. […] As promised, I went back there last spring and summer! I found a friend who lives in Bukchon Hanok Village. I enjoyed having photoshoots on my way to her house. This is how her house looks like. Yes, I even tried wearing hanbok inside her house. LOL. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone there. There are places in Bukchon wear you can rent hanboks. Click here for more details. […]

  26. Oh wow. I haven’t worn hanbok in years! Great tips on where to rent hanbok from – even I didn’t know of those places 😀

    1. I really enjoy wearing your traditional costume. Would you wear it on your graduation?

      1. As much as I like hanbok, I’m afraid that almost none of the students nowadays wear one on the day of their graduation! Most actually would wear western-style simple dresses or suits. That is a good idea, though 🙂 I’m planning on wearing one during an event I’m going to attend.

  27. I love your blog about Korea. I’ve told you this before: I miss it terribly. I have plans to take my daughters there before they graduate from high school! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and thorough information.

    1. Thank you. I hope to meet you when you visit Seoul. <3

  28. I Love this dress although it’s not for men if I’m not wrong

    1. They also have a costume for men. I’ll take some pictures tomorrow and update this. 😊

      1. Wow that’s nice
        Hanbok for men

        1. Hello! I just updated this post. You can check out the first picture to see the hanbok for men. 🙂

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