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MY FIRST ROYAL HANBOK EXPERIENCE AT A HAENGGUNG PALACE – NAMHANSANSEONG PARK

MY FIRST ROYAL HANBOK EXPERIENCE AT A HAENGGUNG PALACE – NAMHANSANSEONG PARK

MY FIRST ROYAL HANBOK EXPERIENCE AT A HAENGGUNG PALACE – NAMHANSANSEONG PARK

Become the queen and princess of Joseon dynasty

Every expat in Korea is familiar with Hanbok experience, but have you tried the royal one?

Hanbok is the traditional attire of Korean people, but not all were made and look the same. In fact, during Joseon period, one’s social status was identified by the kind of Hanbok he/she wore. There are three most common kinds of Hanbok which are ones for villagers, for the upper-class and for the royal family. Hanbok for common people is usually made of simple materials such as cotton muslin, satin, with solid colors and basic designs. Meanwhile, the upper-class Hanbok was made with brighter colors as red, yellow, blue and was usually combined with accessories. If you were born in a Korean royal family, your Hanbok would totally stand out from the other two kinds. The royal Hanbok was made with high-quality silk of the brightest colors like pink, green, red which was dyed by the most skillful fabric dyers in the whole kingdom. The patterns on them are the most eye-catching parts which were usually floral and gold. These patterns were luxuriously embroidered using expensive crimson thread, which were usually the symbols of luck, long-life and prosperity. If you want to experience a Korean royal look and have yourself an impressive Hanbok album without having to elbow yourself into the crowd in Gyeongbok-kung, Haengdang-kung should be your first choice!

Located inside of Namhansanseong Provincial Park in Gyeonggi-do, Haengdang-kung palace was used as a substitute palaces of Seoul during Joseon dynasty, when Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital. The palace is quite small but well-maintained. Especially, it is surrounded by the nature of Namhan-san mountain, which provokes different atmosphere from the palaces in the middle of Seoul city. The royal hanbok experience is totally free, with several outfits in different colors for both men and women. There are also accessories such as wigs, hair ties and shoes! Even at Hanbok rental shops in Seoul, you would not expect to have a full experience of Hanbok as there, let alone Royal Hanbok without any extra charge.

Most importantly, you can have your authentic pictures at every corner of the palace without having to wait in line as in Gyeongbok-kung. Haenggung palace shines its beauty on a beautiful sunny day that can help you create perfect pictures with great lightings. There are also musical performances on the weekends and public holidays in the afternoon, whereas the performers wear Korean traditional outfits and perform historical events at the palace in Joseon dynasty, including sword dance, traditional royal ceremonies etc.

The ticket for adults is \2,000 and the palace is closed every Monday. The opening hours are from 10am to 6pm. You can get there by taking the subway to Sanseong Station (line 8, exit 2) then taking bus #52/#9-1. The journey on bus takes around 17 minutes. You can combine the trip with a hike to Namhansan-seong, which also offers great views of the city.,

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