South Korea : Heaven’s protected castle

Written by Jia Yin

Korea’s traditional clothing is called hanbok. You can usually spot these worn on Sae-guk Dramas (historical period dramas) or famous tourist spots in Korea. These are also worn on Korean holidays and special occasions like weddings and such.

As a tourist, it’s best to try out the traditional clothing for a complete Korean culture experience. Or maybe you want to try it out and be Jang Geum (from Jewel in the Palace) for a day.

The best place to take photos and experience more of Korean traditions and heritage in Seoul is definitely inside traditional palaces! There are 5 palaces in Seoul, from Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung. Of all the palaces, we decided to return to Gyeongbokgung in this 2nd visit. And guess what, for all visitors wearing hanbok, you can get access to all the palaces without paying the admission fee, even on holidays and on special event days. Yay!

Gyeongbokgung is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and in the early Joseon Dynasty was crucial to the king as it housed major government offices. The name Gyeongbokgung literally means “the greatly blessed palace.”

Overall, exploring the Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) and many alleys around the neighborhood with traditional Korean clothes like this was indeed a memorable experience for both of us! We spent a total of 45,000 Won for two Themed Hanbok rental for 1.5 hours,If you come early to Gyeongbokgung, don’t miss to watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony in front of Gyeongbokgung.

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