A large percentage of women I know are hooked and crazy about Korean dramas and I am one of them. Yes, reasonably proud! We are endlessly fascinated by how the plot of the story progresses and the filming locations which include beautiful royal palaces.
Kingdoms and dynasties being highlighted in some television series; we were acquainted that queens and servants wear Hanbok. Hanbok is Korea’s traditional dress for women. We have the visual of how intricate Korean women put the dress all together before seeing its true aesthetics. They look like human dolls moving around.
If you’re one of the fans, wearing Hanbok is absolutely a dream come true. I had the chance to feel like a Korean princess wearing sets of flowery pink and snowy green Hanbok.
The cheapest and convenient way to go to Bukchon Hanok Village is by train. From Hongik University station to Euljiro (sam)-ga station, I only paid 1350 won. Every time you buy a subway ticket, there’s always a deposit fee of 500 won which can be refunded at the ticket kiosks of your destination. Tmoney is one way to avoid paying for a single journey subway ticket every ride. This is a transportation card which can be purchased at any convenient stores like 7-Eleven and Ministop. Tmoney is for 3000 won and can be loaded with funds for future train and bus rides.
I had to ride a taxi for 11000 won to reach the actual village because I thought Euljiro was the closest subway station to Hanok Village from where I was. Miscalculating the distance of the destination is just one of the funny bloopers and challenges of a solo traveler.
Hanbok costumes are available for rent. When you enter the village, there is costume rental boutique that offers variety of options. The costume prices range from 10000-20000 won and accessories such as headgear and pouches from 5000 to 10000 won. My tip is, try other rental boutiques outside the village because they could possibly be cheaper than the one inside.
As part of the rental rules for foreigners, the lady in the boutique took my passport and personal information to secure the rent. She was kind enough to take care of my personal belongings too. There’s one hour to stroll around anywhere inside and outside Hanok Village. Just make sure to return the costume on time otherwise there is an additional fee.
In the village, are traditional Korean houses. Some residents of the village have extended and developed part of their homes to coffee shops and restaurants. The village is a relatively quiet and peaceful place. It only becomes crowded when there are a lot of tourists pouring in to see the houses and experience part of Korean way of life by wearing the traditional clothing.