Hanbok Cafe

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Haley C
Bloomington, IN6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
I was born in Korea but raised in the States, and I've always wished to own hanbok, the traditional Korean dress. Hanbok, not a part of Koreans' everyday dress code anymore, is now only worn on national holidays, and tends to get quite expensive. For this reason, I was so excited to find this place when I Googled for a place where I could rent hanbok for fun, which I hadn't worn since I was 14 years old.

The basic idea is that you call ahead to reserve your spot by phone and rent a certain style of hanbok (which can vary from 25000 to 40000 KRW, if I remember correctly), which entitles you to an hour with the dress. During this hour, you can take your own pictures in the cafe, which has these spots that have various themes (a traditional Korean kitchen, bedroom, the office in a king's palace, etc.). They have women's and men's styles, as well as children's, which makes it family-friendly. You also get a petticoat that you can wear under your hanbok, which makes it a bit more hygienic.

You can pay extra for other services. I paid more so I could get my hair done as well (they have several styles you can choose from--all traditional Korean). You can also pay extra to have pictures taken professionally (which you will receive in a CD) and printed for you before you leave. They also offer non-alcoholic drinks, as well.

The only caveat is that it might be difficult to communicate if you don't have sufficient Korean/Japanese skills. I'm not sure if the owner speaks English (I communicated with her in Korean, being a fluent Korean speaker), and there was an employee who spoke Japanese.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. The staff was nice and friendly, and the atmosphere was cozy. It's not a fancy place, but I think it would do the job for people like me, who's interested in trying hanbok for its inherent beauty and elegance.
Written July 3, 2014
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SophieAmalfi
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
camera shooting was held outside during the most hottest summer time
people who assisted me for four hours was just wonderful and feel special gratitude to all the staffs who made a best for me, a girl from Japan
I promised to visit you all again during the winter season with snowing days.
the picture were perfect, staffs are super kind, the lady assisted me in my language which helped me a lot as I could not speak your beautiful,language at all.
I will make a definite comeback when snow falls,
just nothing I will send something as soon as possible to the cute girl which I promised to send are already prepared in the box,hope you'd love them .
I love you all and super thank you for every supports with me during such a hottest day.
love you all
Written September 20, 2016
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Roningning_13
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
We had a hard time looking for it on google maps but was definitely worth it! My friend and I were looking to wear Korea's national costume and they offered studio packages, along with hair and make-up. Staff were really friendly and courteous. English is limited but we understood each other. Drinks were also good! I loved the ice chocolate drink after. The photobook was also fantastic!
Written September 24, 2015
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