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Gyeongbokgung Hanbok Rental Shop “Yes Hanbok”

When you wear a hanbok and visit our country’s palaces, you can enter without paying an admission fee. Thanks to this policy, it has become easy to spot tourists wearing hanboks inside and around the palaces.

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I had the opportunity to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace again after a long time. This time, I visited with foreign students who came to Korea to experience Korean culture through scholarships provided by the U.S. Department of State.

“Hanbok Experience and Gyeongbokgung Palace Tour”

The purpose was to take some time to understand Korean culture by experiencing hanbok and touring Gyeongbokgung Palace with a guide.

Nowadays, hanbok experiences are well-known, and many tourists intentionally choose to wear hanboks and tour the palaces, even from abroad. To accommodate this demand, you can find various hanbok rental shops near the palaces.

During this visit, I was with about 40 American high school students, so I couldn’t rely on just one hanbok rental shop. The hanbok rental shops I used this time were “Hanboknam Gyeongbokgung Branch” and a shop called “Yes Hanbok.”

“Hanbok Rental Shop Near Gyeongbokgung Palace, Yes Hanbok”

Yes Hanbok is a hanbok rental shop you can find near Gyeongbokgung Palace. It’s located to the west of Gyeongbokgung and is easily recognizable if you come out of Exit 4 of Gyeongbokgung Station on Subway Line 3 and turn back. It’s situated by a main road, making it easy to find.

“You Can Rent Various Hanboks at Yes Hanbok”

At Yes Hanbok, you can also rent various types of hanboks. Depending on your purpose and situation, you can find hanboks rented by tourists to visit palaces.

The prices vary based on rental duration. For example, for a 2-hour rental of a traditional hanbok, it costs 10,000 won, while for a premium hanbok, it costs 20,000 won. Here is the price list for each option:

  • Traditional Hanbok: (2 hours) 10,000 won, (4 hours) 15,000 won
  • Premium Hanbok: (2 hours) 20,000 won, (4 hours) 25,000 won
  • Gonryongpo: (2 hours) 30,000 won, (4 hours) 40,000 won
  • Noble Option 1: (2 hours) 17,000 won, (4 hours) 22,000 won
  • Noble Option 2: (2 hours) 25,000 won, (4 hours) 30,000 won
  • Nae-gwan: (2 hours) 25,000 won, (4 hours) 30,000 won
  • Satto-bok: (2 hours) 25,000 won, (4 hours) 30,000 won
  • Musa-bok: (2 hours) 25,000 won, (4 hours) 30,000 won

Similarly, after choosing a hanbok from various options and changing, you finish with hair styling. The shop is not particularly spacious, and hair styling can be done for two people at a time, so if you visit as a group, it may take some time.

On this day, about 20 American students visited at once, and it was a Saturday, so the time taken was longer than expected due to the presence of regular customers as well.

When visiting for a hanbok experience program with a group, it’s good to consider that it may take more time than expected, so it’s helpful to keep this in mind.

If you’re planning to wear a hanbok by renting it from a shop near Gyeongbokgung Palace, keep in mind that you can enter the palace for free. It’s a good idea to consider hanbok rental when planning a trip to explore the palace.

“Gyeongbokgung Hanbok Rental Shop: Yes Hanbok”