Wearing the Traditional Korean Hanbok at Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul

29 September 2017

wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul
I think this is one of the funniest outfit shoots I've done; there I was in this sweet demure traditional dress, and you see the sweet flower wreath, the little cute "jacket", the voluminous skirt (there's a crinoline underneath FYI), and suddenly it's like wait, what the — are those TRAINERS under that dress??

wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in bukchon hanok village seoul
Obviously ideally I would have loved to wear a more appropriate pair of shoes to go with the hanbok, which is basically a traditional Korean dress (more on Wikipedia) but I am very positive I am just another person in a line of tourists who have worn (and who will wear) sneakers / trainers with a hanbok, walking around a touristy site in Seoul.
I mean, travel = comfortable shoes, guys, it's common knowledge!

To be fair, I had no idea I would be renting out Korea's traditional wear on that day. Shah and I  were on our way from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Bukchon Hanok Village, which is this beautiful Korean traditional preserved village when we walked past one of the many hanbok rental shops scattered around the touristy spots in Seoul. We then decided on the spot that it would be fun to shoot an extra outfit for that day.
See: My original outfit of that day at Gyeongbokgung Palace featuring a peach mesh dress

wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul

      wearing traditional korean dress hanbok with flower wreath in seoul
      wearing traditional korean dress hanbok in seoul
      There was quite a selection of hanbok to choose from, all in pretty sunny happy shades, but  I surprised myself by going with this pastel yellow and purple one instead of one of the more bold-coloured dresses. You can see a girl wearing a hot pink one in a photo below, which I love too, but I thought the huge silver dots and the pastel hues on my rented one were simply adorable.

      If I could change another thing about this getup however it would be to wear a matching scarf, as that black appears so harsh here, doesn't it?
      (PS: I might have gone with this exact scarf.)

      All in all, trainers or no trainers, dressing up in a hanbok and feeling like a princess (how big skirts tend to make one feel) was truly a memorable experience for both Shah and me — one that I honestly wouldn't mind recreate in the future! (Perhaps at a different location with a different coloured hanbok?)

      Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul Wearing Hanbok

        Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul

          Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul Wearing Hanbok

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          1. Heheh, this shoot looked fun and that dress, oh my, what a huge skirt it has! I'm now only aware of this Korean traditional dress after visiting your space. I agree with you on the scarf swap, but still you looked like a doll anyway with this styling. I adore how you always make your style your own and that you have fun with it! So inspiring. And please keep it up :D x

            1. I was only aware of the hanbok only after visiting Seoul anyway! I found a different version of hanbok for sale at a market there and I actually think that version is very wearable here, because they kind of look like a modernised baju kebaya, well, almost...? If they didn't cost RM 400 I would've brought one back, seriously.

              Thank you for your kind compliments Shanaz, I really, truly appreciate them <3


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