I was always enamored with the traditional Korean clothing called Hanbok. It seems that anyone who is wearing one instantly looks amazing and is ready to appear on a K-drama. The dresses are so colorful and intricately designed that I am always fascinated by them. I had always been a little shy about wearing traditional clothing, the Koreans seem to LOVE when foreigners do. There is even a government program that encourages tourists to wear the traditional clothing. And if you do wear it, you gain free access to all tourist sites.
Even though Jenifer and I had been to the palaces before, we went again for free, because we wore the Hanbok. We went to a shop near Anguk station, just outside exit 6. The staff was friendly and assisted us in picking our Hanboks and also helped us wear them in the proper traditional fashion.
Throughout our palace adventure, we felt like queens. Several Koreans came up to us and asked to take our photos and to also be in the photos with us. It happens quite often, but on this particular day, we kept hearing “예쁜!” which means pretty. As a matter of fact, for a while, we couldn’t walk for 5 minutes without being stopped. We toured around Gyeongbokgung Palace for about two hours, stopping every now and again to take some photos and enjoy the history and architecture.
It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon, enjoying Korean culture and exploring some of the important historical sites of Seoul
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