At a number of famous sights in Korea we were amazed to see so many young women wearing traditional Korean dresses (hanbok) and even some young men wearing traditional garb. At first we wondered if it were some special occasion, but soon found out that they were wearing rental clothes. Many are young Koreans but far more are tourists, mainly from China. Apparently it’s very popular and cool to have one’s photo taken at an old or traditional sight/site wearing traditional Korean clothes—to kind of fit into the scene and make it feel more authentic.
The rental stands are usually near the Information Center, or where one can rent out audio guides.
Here is a small selection of pictures to show how popular this tourist pastime is.
The first set is from Unhyeong Royal Residence in Seoul (see previous post about the palace). At Unhyeong the costumes can be rented from 10am-6pm April-Oct, and 10am-5pm November-March. The cost is only 3,300 won (just over US$3). I’m told that you have to leave your ID as a guarantee.
The second set is from Jeonju Hanok Village in Jeonju, SW Korea, a very popular destination. The historical area of the city has many outstanding hanok (traditional architecture) buildings, many places to buy and learn traditional crafts, such as making paper or folding fans, an old palace and many shrines.